10 things to look forward to in Doncaster when lockdown ends

Some social distancing restrictions have been eased in England – but many directives halting everyday freedoms remain in place.

Friday, 15th May 2020, 1:07 pm
Updated Friday, 15th May 2020, 1:07 pm
There is much to look forward to in Doncaster when lockdown ends.

The Government’s phased plan to ‘unlock’ the country sets out when certain businesses, attractions and services might return, giving hope that life might regain some sense of normality in the near future.

Here are 10 of the best things Doncaster can look forward to.

It may be that Doncaster Rovers matches are played behind closed doors at first - but fans will be over the moon when they can attend games again.

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The Cast Theatre has been shuttered since the coronavirus crisis worsened - the sector has been badly affected by the virus crisis and will be doing its utmost to make auditoriums safe for audiences when the time comes.
This is a picture from the Yorkshire Wildlife Park's last day of opening before lockdown - these two capybaras appear to be making the place their own for the duration. Soon visitors should be able to stroll around in the fresh air once more.
Social distancing might be required - this picture of the packed grandstand at Doncaster Racecourse looks quite remarkable in the current circumstances - but a trip to the races will be a welcome change of scenery for many.
Doncaster Wool Market underwent a big overhaul and officially reopened in 2019 - the Grade II-listed building was renovated and converted into a multifunction space. Its return will give the town some semblance of normality again.
This is the Masons Arms in Market Place, one of Doncaster's oldest pubs - although they might be among the last places to reopen properly, the day will come again when people can sip freshly-poured beer in one of the town's hostelries.
When lockdown was put in place it dawned on people that they wouldn't be able to get a professional haircut - some have attempted a home cut, while others are waiting it out until salons reopen. It is thought barbers and hairdressers may be able to go back to work in July; the picture is from the Czech Republic, which suggests what the experience might be like in England.
A consequence of efforts to tackle the pandemic has been the mass cancellation of weddings and other traditional celebrations. Once it is safe to do so, families can reunite to mark marriages and special birthdays once again at Doncaster's best venues.
Holiday companies seem keen to salvage the summer holiday season for 2020, despite the recently-announced plan to introduce quarantine measures in the UK for those returning from overseas. Either way, the prospect of travelling abroad when it is safe to do so is very exciting - and it's fair to say few people will take the privilege for granted again.
The new council-backed Savoy cinema complex in Doncaster's Civic and Cultural Quarter was due to open this spring - the £8.5 million scheme, next to the Cast theatre, also has five restaurant units and is certainly something to look forward to. The last cinema to operate in the town centre was the Odeon at Hall Gate, which closed in 2008 and was demolished in 2009 - another multiplex film venue is planned to open at the Frenchgate Centre in part of the old BHS store.