It has been a painful process for all in the bar and hospitality industry.
Despite not being able to open daily as hoped, the new landlord of the Dick Whittington pub in Westgate Street, Gloucester, is looking forward to this Friday.
Tomorrow, at 7pm the pub will give ticket holders a taste of things to come as they look to hold music events at the venue.
New landlord Graham Hodgson, 36, said: “We are able to open the Dick Whittington as it is considered to be a grass roots music venue.
“As we are considered to specialise as a music venue we fall under the arts category as small theatre.
“The doors will open at 7pm and people that come to the event are able to spend half an hour getting their drink before sitting at their socially distanced seating.”
Due to the small theatre status, even though the venue is known as a pub, it means they do not have to serve food to be open.
The landlord runs a pub in Bridgwater called The Cobblestones. A friend asked him to view the Dick Whittington last year and he fell in love with the building.
Mr Hodgson said: “I love the history within the place.
“The venue means I will be able to have live music like I do at The Cobblestones.
“I have worked in this industry for around 15 years and you get to know people and with that I have plans to bring some good bands to the DW.”
He is passionate about music and likes how gigs and festivals bring a unique atmosphere.
He said: “I am looking forward to bring the best bands in the county to the DW.”
It was a blow for all in the trade to close their doors.
Mr Hodgson had only been at the DW for two weeks before the initial lockdown was imposed.
He said: “When I first thought I would not be able to reopen again, I felt so deflated.
“I know that we are only going to be open for live music at the moment but I am bouncing of the walls about it. Really happy.
“It is a good feeling to finally be opening.
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“We all want the normality back and to have the noon till midnight opening hours, but I can not see that happening this year.
“However we are looking for bands from the county to come and play.
“This Friday we have the Lyon Daye easy listening rock band playing. Next week we have All Ears Avow from Swindon and supporting act Hot Beige from Cheltenham.
“I hope that all the businesses will be able to recover from this but it will definitely be a struggle for everyone.”
The venue has what is determined as needed to keep the customers and staff safe on the evening it is open.
It is a ticketed event, so doors open at 7pm however visitors are expected to leave the premises by 10.30pm or half an hour after the music finishes.