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Lockdown has unleashed a new spirit in the Gay Village - but a much bigger challenge lies ahead

It’s been more than a month since pubs and restaurants in England were given the go-ahead to reopen, provided they met government criteria for keeping customers and staff safe.That clearance allowed the businesses that operate within Manchester’s Gay Village to come back to life, although with a slightly different identity.The cobbles of Canal Street are no longer filled with drunken revellers bumping shoulders with each other as they hop from dancefloor to dancefloor, they’re instead filled with tables and signs reminding people to wear masks and wash hands.While table service and socially-distanced mingling makes for a more organised setting, it’ll come as a relief to many regulars that the essence of the village is still very much..

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