After 15 months of restrictions, isolation and heartbreak for many, the rescheduled Euro 2020 tournament is just the unifying event we need right now.
The UK’s successful coronavirus vaccination programme means more than 39 million adults have had at least one jab to protect them, and others, from the virus.
And so, irrespective of whether you agree on the final squad selected by England manager, Gareth Southgate, it is time to get behind 26-strong team and cheer them on as they battle to bring home the Euros trophy for the first time.
Short of being able to be there in person, watching the game in a pub with friends has to be the next best thing, as you soak in the atmosphere and collectively hope for the same thing – an England victory.
Considering the year Sheffield’s hospitality industry has had, in which most pubs spent more time closed than open, they absolutely need and deserve our support right now.
By heading to your favourite city hostelry with sports screens, you can support England and Sheffield’s hospitality industry in one fell swoop.
It was hoped that all coronavirus restrictions would be lifted three days after the beginning of the Euros on June 18, but due to concerns about the impact of the Indian variant of coronavirus, this is looking less likely. The Government are expected to let us know one way or the other by June 14.
We all need to do our bit and abide by the coronavirus restrictions in place when England take to the pitch, but that does not mean we can’t head to the pub with five others to watch the game as long as we stick to social distancing advice.
Should the restrictions remain the same as they are now, groups seated outside at venues can have up to 30, so you can watch the game with more if you do it outdoors.
And given that we know Covid is less transmissable outside, watching the game outside in a beer garden might be the best option in any event.