Walking around the market today, it felt like everyone was a little less anxious. We chatted to Alan the Butcher and Dave Cheese, picked up a ton of plantains from the top grocers and a motherload of onions from the Burney’s. Spring’s coming. You can tell by the daffodils in their spring onion bunches, and the way that we don’t have to wear three fleeces anymore. Spring. Is. Coming!
What’s obvious in every conversation we have is that everyone is looking forward to the dates when lockdown restrictions will be eased.
To remind you, here’s a really cool website we found.
The “roadmap” rules click into action on the following dates:
Stage 1a: March 8th
Two people from different households can meet outside for recreation, which can include “a coffee on a bench” — we assume this also means you can have a beer if you like!
Stage 1b: March 29th
People will be allowed to meet outside, either with one other household or within the “rule of six”, including in private gardens.
You know what this means? BBQs!!
The “stay at home” rule is also set to end on this date, which means while it’s probably wise to stay as local as possible, we will be able to travel for walks. Hello favourite hills we’ve not seen in months! See you soon!
Stage 2: April 12th
On this date, all shops are allowed to open. That means we’ll probably be opening our door as a little kiosk again on this week.
Restaurants and pub gardens will be allowed to serve customers sitting outdoors, including alcohol. We don’t have any outdoor space, so catch us outside The New Inn or Beer Shack for a pint and a chat…
(Libraries also open on this date, so get finishing your books. Katie.)
Stage 3: May 17th
On this date, we can meet in groups of up to 30 outdoors. Are you thinking what we’re thinking?
Six people or two households can meet indoors too, which means: the return of the dinner party!
Super excitingly, pubs can seat customers indoors at this date too. Now, we don’t know yet what sort of distancing or other safety measures will be in place, so we can’t tell you how it’ll work at Corto yet. What we can say is this: Corto will be opening properly as a bar sometime during the week beginning Monday 17th May.
(Also indoor sports classes start up again on this date. See you at Tessa Clemson Yoga!)
Stage 4: June 21st
The big one. All legal limits will be lifted.
We’re really looking forward to this one, because it means proper bar life. Standing at the bar. Having a bit of a dance. Enjoying yourself without worrying. We can’t wait.
Corto Progress: Update
We’re on track to open Corto as a craft beer, natural wine and cider bar in May.
A lot’s going on behind the scenes, and we’re really happy to be working with Castle Joinery who are making sure our former boutique shoe shop building becomes the super-trendy bar we want it to be!
For more regular updates and pics of the ongoing build, keep checking our Instagram.
We’ll also be sending out information on our opening dates via our newsletter first, so if you want to be the first to know all the Corto goss, make sure you subscribe.
We’re still running our Corto delivery service from the kiosk while we can’t open. We deliver beer, wine and cider for free within 6 miles of Clitheroe every Friday and Saturday, and we can deliver a bit further afield if you get in touch and let us know in advance.
Keeping It Fun, Keeping It Safe
We keep reminding ourselves that while we’re super excited to be finally opening Corto as the bar of our dreams, the pandemic is far from over. We want to make sure that we’re opening only when it’s absolutely safe to do so, and that all of our guests feel super comfortable here.
We will only open our bar if we are absolutely sure it is safe.
Corto is meant to be a chilled place to enjoy a drink. We are going to make sure it’s chilled by working extra hard to make sure we have Covid-safe measures in place. Things like:
- Table booking in advance made available
- All latest government guidelines will be strictly adhered to
- Hand gel on every table
- Hand washing facilities available for all in our unisex bathrooms
- Staff (Tom and Katie) will wear masks and guests will be asked to too, if legislation requires it
- Seats will be appropriately distanced from each other, and separated with screens if legislation requires it
- All tables, fridge doors, door handles menus, and everything else you can think of will be sanitised regularly
By the time it comes to the big Corto opening week, we’re sure many more different rules will be in place in order to keep us safe. We promise that we will take every single one of these rules seriously, and implement everything that’s relevant to a bar of Corto’s size and type. We want to keep you and ourselves safe!
So until then, take care and see you soon x