The Telford 'rona roundup.
This virus has a lot to answer for. There is a line of Southwater visitor attractions that has to remain closed in an effort to keep the 'rona at bay.
Tenpin, the bowing alley, has to remain closed still, although it's quite difficult to see how this sport could not be made safe with screens between the lanes.
The Ice Rink, reopening announced by the council, only to have them backtrack when Boris took to the telly to give us all the good news.
Albert's Shed, the long awaited live music venue for Southwater has been shut since March and no indication of when it might re-open.
Add into the mix, Pizza Express, Zizzi, Bella Italia which have yet to reopen and Coal which closed just before lockdown, and I think that the Southwater offer might need reconfiguring to avoid a few lean years. I cannot see many new casual dining restaurants opening new units anytime soon. No, not even Five Guys or Wagamammas.
On the positive side, cinemas are now opening up with measures in place, although from the 8th, you'll have to sit and watch movies with a face covering on.
Us Brits, in the main, have adopted the face coverings rule with little resistance. The 5G keyboard warriors claiming that they'll never wear one and the virus is a hoax, but let's face it – their Moms are still buying their clothes anyway.
The shops have started their 'Back to School' offers already, but I question if we will be. One of the largest Covid outbreaks, 5 cases, was traced back to a School in Telford last month, and we had been doing so well. Is the five day a week system going to keep everyone safe? I can see a substantial number of parents choosing not to send their kids in.
Right about now, government support for these businesses is starting to tail off. The furlough scheme, like TikTok dancing from the NHS staff, has had it's day, and as employers now have to contribute more to keep staff at home, some tough decisions are being made in boardrooms across the country.
I don't think we'll see the full extent of redundancies and job losses until September/October but we are surely headed for bleak winter.
If we can rely on one thing bring everyone together during these times, it will be the mass disgust at Halloween tat being stacked on the shelves of B&M around the end of this month.