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GAGA Belfast: Why you must pop out to this great pop-up takeaway

GAGA Belfast, pop-up in Panama Cafe, 3 McClintock Street, Belfast. Tel: 07813 775164

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SEA HERE: the stunning lobster mac’n’cheese option at GAGA

SEA HERE: the stunning lobster mac’n’cheese option at GAGA

SEA HERE: the stunning lobster mac’n’cheese option at GAGA

The lockdown is far from over and any relaxation of restrictions will be finely tuned to accommodate the more urgent needs of society including schools and other public services. I can't wait for the museums to reopen. I don't fully understand why if the supermarkets can operate, the museums can't. They're both as essential as the other for different reasons.

One sector feeling neglected by the policy makers is hospitality. The backbone of our social existence, the platforms on which we expound on our theories of life, politics and all matters enhanced by pints, spaces in which we eat together and floors on which we dance, bars, clubs and restaurants may be the most sorely missed of the everyday architecture of our lives, but their purpose, which is to bring people close together, is currently at the far end of the spectrum of needs.

People are nonetheless working hard on concepts for pubs and restaurants, limiting numbers, offering table service only and, where possible, considering outdoor operations. In sunnier countries this is much easier but there are plenty of examples in Australia of pubs and restaurants successfully reconfiguring their interiors to guarantee social distancing.