Signs of normality in Bristol as balloons return to the skies

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The return of nice weather has also meant the return of balloons. Credit: Twitter / @mjballooning

The return of hot air balloons to the skies above Bristol has got many people saying the city is officially 'back in business' after the coronavirus pandemic.

Residents have been treated to three launches over the weekend - two on Saturday and another on Sunday morning.

Hot air balloons are synonymous with a traditional Bristol summer and there were concerns the city would go a whole year without seeing any in the sky.


At the start of July a change in the Government's coronavirus restrictions meant small hot air balloons could resume flying, with up to six people allowed in a basket.

On Tuesday (7 July) the first hot air balloons of the year were seen floating in the city's skies, prompting comments from locals that Bristol is starting to return to normal.

Bailey Balloons, a flight company in Bristol, carried out a rehearsal flight to make sure their social distancing measures are robust and ready for customers.

Social media is full of people sharing their best pictures and videos.

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