People have shared photos and videos of when they were finally allowed to officially hug again, after the government lifted social distancing rules that have effectively banned cuddling for the past 14 months.
Sweet reunions captured and shared via social media, including tearful grandparents finally being pressed back into each other’s arms for the first time since March 2020 by many missed grandchildren and friends.
May 17 was called Happy Hug Day in England, after social distance measures that prohibited physical contact between family and friends during the pandemic – beyond the bubbles – during the pandemic were relaxed in the final phase of Boris Johnson’s roadmap, which could no longer be locked.
Early morning swimmers in Sunderland were among the first to use the lights and greeted each other on the sun-drenched beach at Seaburn with a hug at sunrise.
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Have a nice hug day! Early morning swimmers in Sunderland were among the first to take advantage of the relaxation and greeted each other on Seaburn beach with a hug at sunrise
A friend watches as the swimmers enjoy a big hug in the surf after the new rules are introduced at midnight on Sunday
A grandfather hugs his granddaughter after nearly 14 months of incapacitation due to lockdown restrictions
Katie Taylor said she sobbed uncontrollably when she hugged her mom for the first time in 14 months when she shared this photo on Twitter.
Friends in separate household bubbles, Dawn and Sarah, from York share a friendly hug after the latest lockdown relaxation goes official today
Eslewhere, among the images posted under the hashtag #firsthug, was a moving photo of a young girl offering a hug to her grandfather.
@SeanC_Mayo posted the family snap saying the moment was a sign that ‘normalcy’ was finally coming back to life.
Two youngsters from Hamilton, Scotland enjoyed a hug at the door of their nursery, while Nicola Sturgeon also relaxed the restrictions. @jojofalconer shared the adorable image with the caption: ‘The day where hugs are a thing’.
Two weeks ago, the government said the advisory ‘on social distance between friends and family’ would be updated on May 17, and despite fears that the Indian variant would trick people, the hugging ban has been lifted as planned.
Two youngsters from Hamilton, Scotland enjoyed a hug at the door of their nursery, while Scotland also relaxed restrictions
Presenter Lorraine Kelly, pictured, was also moved to tears when she watched the family hug for the first time in 17 months
11-year-old Jennie, pictured, worked as a caregiver and followed government guidelines very strictly to protect the vulnerable people she worked with
Viewers were left ‘roaring’ after a family separated 17 months apart due to covid-19 restrictions reunited live on the airwaves on Lorraine today and embraced for the first time in nearly a year and a half (pictured)
Viewers were deeply moved by the heartwarming family moment captured on camera, with some saying they wanted to see their own grandmothers
Another Twitter user posted a photo this morning of her hugging her mother. Katie Taylor, who runs The Latte Lounge, captioned the image: ’14 long months later and we can #cuddle up to our friends and family. I think this picture says it all. ‘
She added: ‘I sobbed uncontrollably as I put my arms around my mom (we’re both double vaccinated) – can’t tell you how good it felt – I’ll never take #cuddling for granted again.
On ITV’s Lorraine this morning, viewers were reduced to tears after a grandmother was allowed to hug her family for the first time in 17 months.
Jennie Grimes, an eleven-year-old grandmother from Cambridgeshire, was surprised by her daughter Kerry, who drove 200 miles so Jennie could hug her granddaughters.
The family was separated for 17 months due to covid-19 restrictions, with caregiver Jennie unable to meet her granddaughter Savannah, who was born during lockdown last year, or see Kerry’s other daughters Sophie and Sienna.
Many memes were also shared on social media, with a tweeter asking people to “ line up an orderly line for hugs. ”
@MaichCaroline added: ‘Right, who wants one?’
Despite the cheers of hugs that got the green light, caution was also warranted today, as some of Boris Johnson’s top scientists today warned against indoor socializing, saying that hugging friends was still a “ risky activity, ” with the Indian variant of the virus on the market. rise.
Last night, thousands of people in the UK lined up to enjoy drinks with friends in pubs and bars after midnight, while this morning around 20 flights left for Portugal as the holidays became legal again and people enjoyed a pint in and out for the first time. a meal in nearly six months. Theaters, cinemas and museums can also open their doors again this morning.