In Photos: Party time for some as English restrictions lifted on ‘freedom day’

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In Photos: Party Time For Some As English Restrictions Lifted On ‘Freedom Day’ In Photos: Party Time For Some As English Restrictions Lifted On ‘Freedom Day’
People dancing at Bar Fibre in Leeds, © PA Wire/PA Images
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People queued to get into nightclubs as the remaining coronavirus restrictions were lifted in England at midnight.

Excited revellers eager for a dance described the midnight reopening as “like New Year”.

A DJ playing music at Bar Fibre in Leeds (Ioannis Alexopoulos/PA)

The lifting of restrictions allows venues such as nightclubs to welcome back patrons (Ioannis Alexopoulos/PA)

People were ready to enjoy a night out again (Ioannis Alexopoulos/PA)

The lifting of restrictions allows venues such as nightclubs to welcome back patrons, but British prime minister Boris Johnson has urged people to exercise their new freedoms with caution.

Face masks are no longer mandatory in shops and on most public transport, while limits on gathering have gone and work from home guidance has ended.

Commuters, some not wearing face masks, on a train (Victoria Jones/PA)

The UK government’s decision to ease restrictions on mask wearing was replaced with guidance (Victoria Jones/PA)

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan at Bond Street Underground station (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Nightclubs, theatres and restaurants can fully reopen, while pubs are no longer restricted to table service only.

In the capital, the Tower of London reopened after its longest closure since the Second World War.

Yeoman Warder Darren Hardy and Yeoman Serjeant Clive Towell open the West Door at the Tower of London (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Yeoman Warder Barney Chandler leads a tour of the tower (Victoria Jones/PA)

A march towards the West Door at the Tower of London (Jonathan Brady/PA)

In Scotland, the easing of travel restrictions meant those who have had both doses of a coronavirus vaccine no longer have to self-isolate on return from an amber list country.

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Friends Poppy and Shannon, both aged 20, head towards the departure gate at Glasgow Airport after checking in for their flight to Ibiza (Jane Barlow/PA)

Two women head to a check-in desk at Glasgow Airport (Jane Barlow/PA)

Social-distancing rules have governed people’s lives for more than a year in one form or another.

However, the lifting of the rules in England meant plenty of people could gather to greet the British Prince of Wales on a visit to Exeter Cathedral.

Britain's Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall met wellwishers during a visit to Exeter Cathedral in Devon (Chris Jackson/PA)

Charles looked cool in his shades during the visit (Chris Jackson/PA)

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