And while we can only enjoy the outdoor areas at pubs for now, we can look forward to a time when life in our locals will get back to normal.
In the meantime, lets enjoy some memories of the great times we had in hostelries in the past across Wearside.
From a 3D scene in one pub to ghostly goings on in another, we have it all. See if you can spot someone you know.
1. A winner in 2006
The Causeway won a pub of the year Camra award in 2006. Does this bring back happy memories?
2. Getting ghostly on the Headland
A 2009 reminder from the Cosmopolitan where Nancy Wrigley, left, and Jane Fleming were experiencing ghostly goings on. Remember this?
3. Best foot forward in 2008
These sponsored walkers were setting off from Wetherspoons on a charity challenge 13 years ago. Pictured left to right are Rebecca Sargeant, Claire Burlinson, Carly Walsh, manager Mel Gallagher, Vicki McKie, Catherine Murphy, Teagan Roberts and Danielle Pope. Who can tell us more about their charity cause?
4. Playing a Halloween tune at the Rossmere
Who can remember the Halloween concert at the Rossmere pub in 2005, with money going to Alice House Hospice?