Freedom! Covid restrictions have been removed, allowing Britons to celebrate in nightclubs – photos
BRITONS celebrated and danced the night away as nightclubs around the country finally opened their doors to the public as the country’s Independence Day celebrations began.
Today (July 19) has been dubbed “Freedom Day” since it marks the end of social distancing, working from home, and wearing face masks. The elimination of the one-metre-plus social distancing requirement will be a big relief for the hospitality industry, which has been struggling to stay afloat due to the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown regulations. There are no longer any restrictions on the amount of persons who can meet in social settings or where they can meet, and customers can order from the bar once again.
Using the NHS Test and Trace app, millions of users no longer have to check in to venues by scanning a QR code.
At midnight, nightclubs across the country flung up their doors, with excited patrons queuing for hours outside to party into the night.
Many people were looking forward to the reopening of 12,000 nightclubs that had been closed over 18 months earlier at the start of the outbreak.
As limitations were lifted, several locations across the country organized “freedom” parties.
“It’s a bit like New Year isn’t it?” Chloe Waite, 37, said to The Sun as she stood in line at EGG nightclub in North London. It’s going to be a memorable evening.
“Who knows if we’ll have more of these in the future; I don’t want to speculate.
“This is something I’m sure we’ll remember for a long time, and it’s unlikely we’ll get another chance.”
Gabriel Wildsmith, a 26-year-old video producer from London, stood in line for an hour outside the popular nightclub in the capital.
“I’m very excited. I’ve been waiting for this for so long… since we locked down,” he remarked.
“I enjoy going to nightclubs and meeting new people.
“You create wonderful friends, which you couldn’t do before tonight.”
Partygoers gathered outside Bar Fibre in Leeds to mark the reopening of late-night venues and the beginning of Freedom Day.
“It feels very special,” said Terry George, proprietor of the bar. It’s being treated as a very important occasion.
“At long last, we’ll be able to dance.” That’s the most important thing, which is a little sad since we’ve been handed back something that is our birthright, to.”Brinkwire Summary News.”