Soho! One of the most colourful, vibrant and edgy parts of the capital, it’s famous, and infamous, for its neon-lit nightlife. So although in this current coronavirus climate you have to question the mindset of anyone who sees a crowd and gravitates towards it, it was inevitable it was going to get a bit busy there on the 4 July.

Grim scenes for any nervy hypochondriacs who could actually taste the coronavirus dripping down onto Soho’s cobblestone streets, but the reality is that the footage only served to demonstrate how isolated it was.

No doubt there was the odd drunk, the odd flare up, but I didn’t see any other coverage of widespread violations of social distancing, and given the attention devoted to Soho you’d imagine if it had happened, we’d have read about it.

So, incredibly, far from going wild in Wetherspoons, the UK pub-going public, anaesthetised by months of lockdown, did something they have never done before and behaved themselves.

Of course the suggestion they wouldn’t was fuelled by the announcement that pubs would be allowed to reopen at 6am, a pragmatic decision by the government to prevent pubs opening at 12.01am the night before.

It was seized upon by many (mainly on Twitter, obviously) as more evidence of government lunacy in its handling of the crisis (though in fairness, recent good decisions by the government have been as rare as drunk Brits behaving themselves).

But this decision, like the JRS (more on that later) was a good one. And in the end it was all quite serene and good natured and huge thanks must go to the beleaguered hospitality industry which raced to get ready in time and comply with the torturously slow arrival of the government’s safety guidelines.

Truly it was a valiant display from around half the sector that did reopen, and I completely understand the reasoning from the other half that decided to open at a later date.

And the future now awaits. We’ve already seen some pubs forced to close days later, and it’s unlikely they will be the only ones. Localised lockdowns are now a thing, it’s also unlikely Leicester will also be alone in that respect.

But no doubt the industry is fed up with worrying about unknowns and looking ahead to Wednesday, when more bright spots look set to emerge from the overwhelming gloom.

As ever, until the the words come out of Rishi’s mouth it’s unwise to buy into too much of what the papers say, but a VAT cut on the price of eating and drinking out appears likely and that would unquestionably be a good thing.

Looking further ahead a solution on rent seems less likely, the status quo – where it’s down to lessees and tenants to cut a deal with landlords – looks likely to stay. As for the JRS, there is always the hope that it will be slimmed down to targeted support for specific sectors.

However, that’s probably a decision that will hinge on how things look nearer the time – 1 November remains a good four months away. And a lot could change between now and then. Hopefully for the better.