With the UK approaching what we hope will be the end of the lockdown and the massive number of deaths from the Coronavirus, the UK economy is recovering quickly after a successful vaccination campaign and has been below very low levels of strict restrictions for nearly four months.
Injuries subsided in the past month, and daily deaths of nearly 1,300 in early January decreased to an average of seven deaths in April, after a gradual easing of restrictions.
Meanwhile, more than 34 million people have already been vaccinated with the first dose and more than 14 million have received a second dose, bringing the total of vaccinations administered to 48,748,962 vaccines.
Despite the fact that the country most affected by the virus in Europe has exceeded 127,000 deaths, scientists are already talking about an improvement and saying that it was the strict quarantine imposed last December that had the greatest impact on reducing daily cases, in addition to implementing a comprehensive test. With free tests accessible to all residents.
Additionally, it is one of the few rapid and successful vaccines in the world
– In large part because the country is a producer of vaccines – and it has already reached, with at least one dose, more than half of the population.
In March, the British government designed a four-stage strategy to dismantle, in a safe and lasting manner, the third lockdown, which will fully expire on 21 June.
The plan included a partial reopening of April 12 to the retail sector and was a major boost to the mood of the British thanks to the stifling demand for goods and services.
In the case of restaurants and hotels, although with some restrictions, the people of England celebrated their new freedom by flocking to hairdressers, bars and shops, while the rest of the UK will start to reopen their doors this weekend.
Bars and restaurants will be able to empower their bars and tables inside from May 17, in the third phase of a lack of refinement, and international holiday travel is also expected to be allowed again.
In this sense, Alberto Abate, an Argentine, owner of two major Argentinian food restaurants in central London, Casa Malefo and Santa Maria del Sur, described the reopening as something “amazing”.
“We are doing very well. People want to eat, they want to drink, and they want to have a good time,” he told Telam. “A long time ago, since 2016, the Brexit vote has been what I don’t see, and that’s people’s behavior.”
He noted that in 2016 people stopped spending and consuming in his opinion, for fear of what is to come. Since then, the social climate and consumption have not fully recovered.
“There was no crisis as big as the 2016 crisis, at least that’s what I saw in my restaurants. In (the international crisis) of 2008, there wasn’t as much deflation as it did in 2016. For two weeks we just opened abroad, we’re doing well. It is as if we had opened the restaurant from the inside. “
According to Abbate, everyone comes with a mask and uses an alcohol gel upon entering, then on the tables it is not mandatory to use it, but when they go to the baths, they wear it.
He explained that the tables should be separated and without dishes to be placed once food is requested.
In turn, a young Italian employee at a Starbucks coffee shop located near Charing Cross station in central London, who requested anonymity, said that people are in better spirits and this shows that they walk and can exit purchases.
He said he was tired of the epidemic and the rules because in his opinion they are very worrisome and said that in the absence of cameras, what you want is done, although there is a slight improvement compared to the first confinement.
“A lot of people take care of themselves, but some don’t even wear masks. Distances in many stores are impossible and more with Uber and the delivery system, they can’t cope,” he added.
He recounted that many of his colleagues left the country without work because of depression or because they did not see the point of working contracts that do not reach 40 hours per week.
Also, Lucia Sarmiento, another Argentine who works as a receptionist at the Waldorf Hilton in central London, added in an interview with Telam Ann
The hotel reopens for basic stays on May 4 and for the general public on May 17, but the bar is actually operational from April 15th four days a week with tables outside.
“What we noticed in terms of reserves is that although the numbers are not what we saw before the outbreak, we are confident that the recovery will continue. In the near future we will depend on national tourism, which logically affects our occupation. Most of our guests come from abroad.”
In addition, he was optimistic that reservations in his own hotel condition would increase further as theaters and cinemas reopen.
He acknowledged, “We have corporate clients, but returning to offices will be much more gradual than returning to trade, so this part may take longer to normalize.” (Telam)