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British police said on Sunday that the revelers who packed London’s Soho district and the night pubs finally reopened made it impossible for the “crystal-clear” drunk people to distance themselves socially.

The hotel industry in England has come back to life after a three-month hiatus from the coronavirus on what the media have dubbed “Super Saturday” or “Independence Day”.

Pubs and restaurants were allowed to start seating customers and barbers could take out their mowers for the first time since March.

For the most part, people seemed to abide by the rules and welcomed the opportunity on Saturday to have a drink with their friends. But in some places, a large crowd has voiced fears that Europe’s deadliest epidemic may find new legs.

Chris Newell, a 33-year-old courier, traveled to Shoreditch, east London, to meet friends.

“As long as everyone keeps their distance, we’re going to have a few drinks and enjoy it and try to get back to a little normalcy,” he said.

Pubs and restaurants have been allowed to start welcoming customers for the first time since March [Alberto Pezzali/AP Photo]

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was asked why he decided to plan the grand reopening for a Saturday instead of a potentially less chaotic Monday.

Johnson said Friday that it wouldn’t have made a big difference anyway.

But the head of the UK police federation said he ended up dealing with “naked men, happy drunkards, angry drunkards, fighting and even more angry drunkards” during his shift. job.

“What was clear was that drunk people cannot / do not want to distance themselves socially,” said John Apter on London radio.

He said his own police service in the southern city of Southampton “had managed to cope”.

“I know other regions have had problems with assaulting officers,” said Apter.

Analysis of police reports on Saturday evening showed a level of wrongdoing across England.

Agents of southwest Devon and Cornwall had recorded nearly 1,000 reports on Saturday evening of “alcohol-related disorders and antisocial behavior”.

There have also been reports of illegal raves in London and the north-east which have resulted in mass arrests and unrest in the north Midlands.

Pubs in Wales and Scotland will partially reopen in mid-July while pubs in Ireland on Friday resumed table service.

Pubs and restaurants have been allowed to reopen for the first time in more than three months [Frank Augstein/AP Photo]

Too early?

Some fear that the British government is too rushed, even reckless, to sanction the changes. The confirmed British record of 44,198 deaths from viruses is the third highest in the world, behind the United States and Brazil. The reopening of bars and restaurants in the United States and elsewhere has been blamed for a spike in new infections.

David King, a former chief scientific advisor to the British government, criticized the latest easing of the lock. He said it seemed the strategy was to “maintain” the current level of around 3,000 new coronavirus infections a day across England in order to open up parts of the economy.

“We have to look at the quickest route to COVID-19 and it is not the current route, and that also means better economic recovery,” he told Sky News.

The four nations of the United Kingdom – England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – move at different speeds from the closure of the coronavirus. Restrictions in England, with a population of around 56 million, have been lifted the most, raising fears that Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be unduly influenced by the desire to revive the struggling British economy.

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Customers of a drinking bar in front of the closed Prince Edward Theater in London, United Kingdom, on Saturday July 4, 2020. Restaurants, hotels, cinemas and hairdressers will also be allowed to open their

[Simon Dawson/Bloomberg]

Government Defends Response

A safe reopening that avoids the need for second closings over large areas is considered essential to Johnson’s long-term success.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock defended government decision-making and downplayed any immediate safety concerns.

“From what I have seen, although there are images to the contrary, very, very broadly, people have acted responsibly,” Hancock told Sky News.

“So, overall, I’m happy with what happened yesterday. It was really good to see people outside and largely, very largely social distancing. ”

Johnson’s government closed stores in Leicester city center last week due to a spike in local infections.