Mansfield people have their say on the prospect of pubs reopening without alcohol in April

With pubs and bars closed due to lockdown restrictions many people are wondering how they will reopen and what changes could be put in place.

Wednesday, 10th February 2021, 2:28 pm

A ‘booze-ban’ is currently being discussed by the UK government which would mean pubs could potentially reopen in April – but no alcohol could be served.

We asked our readers if they would still visit their local if this new measure comes into place.

Richard Baldwin, said: “A pub without alcohol is not a pub.

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This is what our readers think about the 'booze-ban'.

"My local doesn't serve food and has no means to serve food so will likely not open.”

Sally Dodder, said: “That’s like saying hairdressers can open but they can't use scissors.”

Philip Wells, said: “Would you go to the cinema if you couldn't watch a film?”

Paul Nicoll agreed.

He said: “Much the same as if I went to a library and they didn’t have any books.”

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However other readers say they would go an support local businesses.

Andrea Louise, said: “Yes definitely.

"As long as I can safely be around other people and see, feel and hear real people again.

"I don’t care what’s on offer drinks wise, I’m in.”

Elaine Brittain, said: “Definitely I would.“Foods far more important to me than alcohol.”

Les Wakefield, said: “Yes just to be able to interact at all and perhaps do quiz’s would be really good for my soul.”

Jo-Ann Butcher said: “I’d settle for a bottle of panda pop and some salt and shake crisps.”Just a chance to wave to friends would be nice.”

Stephen Bowskill raised the point that not everyone drinks alcohol.

He said: “I don`t drink so of course I would, they would make more out of pop because soft drink prices are scandalous anyway.“It`s the music, good times and seeing your mates again that matter.”

In these confusing and worrying times, local journalism is more vital than ever. Thanks to everyone who helps us ask the questions that matter by taking out a subscription or buying a paper. We stand together. Nancy Fielder, editor.