Thousands of revelers have crammed into nightclubs and bars across the country in the first weekend since restrictions last Monday.
At major party centers in the UK, dozens of young people were seen taking advantage of the restrictions lifted after Freedom Day and ahead of the introduction of proposed vaccine passports, which could be made mandatory from September.
No doubt many woke up feeling the effects of a hard Saturday night out – something they won’t have experienced for 16 months, as the end of Covid restrictions meant nightclubs, pubs and bars can now open their doors.
Hundreds took part in the first post-lockdown Otley Run, a well-known pub crawl in Leeds, West Yorkshire, on Saturday night.
The streets of Leeds were packed and crowded – with no mask in sight as revelers mingled with Otley Runners on Saturday night
Queues stretched as far as the eye could see outside London’s Heaven nightclub as nightlife returns in the capital
Photos taken in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds showed revelers eagerly queuing for clubs, pubs and bars as nightlife resumed in these cities.
Masks were all but forgotten as hundreds took part in the first post-lockdown Otley Run, a well-known pub crawl in Leeds, West Yorkshire.
Seen as a rite of passage for students visiting or studying in Leeds, participants can often be seen in fancy dress as they visit 16 pubs along the 1.5 mile route.
Revelers enjoyed the warm Saturday night air and carried each other enthusiastically through the streets of Manchester
Manchester city center buzzed with crowds heading for bars as nightlife returned for the first weekend in 16 months
For some, the night proved too much, with partygoers taking off their shoes and preferring to walk barefoot
Hundreds gathered outside Manchester venues as the hospitality industry opened its doors and welcomed new customers
Queues flooded the streets in Manchester the first weekend after Freedom Day, when restrictions finally ended
There was no mask on display as young people gathered to celebrate the end of restrictions outside this Manchester nightclub
In Manchester, revelers carried each other through the streets and walked hand in hand on their way to their Saturday night destination.
Some, tired of letting go for hours, simply took off their shoes and walked barefoot on the sidewalk.
In another sign that restrictions had ended, groups of bachelorette parties – leading up to weddings that can now resume – were spotted in the city.
A party-goer takes a break in the cooler air outside London’s Heaven nightclub, where hundreds are packed into the venue
In a further sign of easing restrictions and resumption of weddings, stag and hen parties were once again seen on the streets of Manchester
The first weekend after Freedom Day arrived as Figures from NHS England show that one in three 18-29 year olds still has not received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine – despite the virus being rampant in this age group, with more than one in 100 between the ages of 20 and 29 testing positive last week.
About three million young adults in the UK have yet to be vaccinated, although all over 18s have been eligible as of June 18.
Public Health England revealed earlier this week that the number of cases among the over-20s is higher than in any age group since the start of the pandemic.
Smiles were everywhere as these revelers enjoyed a Saturday night out without any covid restrictions in Manchester
No masks and no social distancing as these partiers enjoyed a big night out in Manchester city center on Saturday zaterdag
In an effort to contain the growth of the virus, the government plans to mandate vaccine passports in clubs from September – but the proposal has not been welcomed by everyone.
huhospitality chiefs, MPs and civil liberties campaigners have slammed the idea.
There is also a growing fear that the hospitality sector, which is trying to recover from months of closure, could fall victim to a staff crisis thanks to the ‘pingdemic’, which does not exempt hospitality workers from self-isolation rules.
Stewards in eye-catching jackets keep the long line of smiling revelers orderly outside London’s Heaven nightclub
A total of 31,795 new cases were reported in the UK on Saturday, according to data from Public Health England (PHE).
This was the fourth consecutive day that the number of cases has fallen, falling 42 percent from last week.
In the UK, 46,519,998 people have received their first dose of a vaccine and 36,953,691 have received their second dose, according to PHE.
Experts are closely monitoring the impact of lifting lockdown restrictions, with some predicting the number of cases could continue to climb into the fall, surpassing 100,000 within a week.
Queues poured into the capital’s streets as London’s nightlife returned for the first weekend in 16 months with restrictions being lifted
A party-goer takes a break in Birmingham’s Broad Street as the city’s nightclubs and bars came back to life on Saturday