As new regulations paved the way for the reopening of bars – on what was widely dubbed “Super Saturday” – photos showed drinkers packing beer gardens and outdoor spaces.
Unrest in parts of the country forced pubs to close early, with police making arrests after heavy clashes.
More One day who also saw hairdressers reopen, weddings allowed to be held in front of loved ones, and people allowed to meet friends and family indoors, many said nightclubs were much less busy than ‘before the lockout begins.
A number of pubs have chosen to close after unrest in Nottinghamshire.
Police said three bars in Mansfield and Sutton in Ashfield, and two in Arnold and Newark had chosen to close early.
The Mansfield Ravensdale announced on its Facebook page that it will be closed “until further notice” due to “irresponsible behavior”.
Inspector Craig Berry noted that the pubs, rather than the police, chose to close the pubs:
“As a result, four arrests were made by officers and we supported the licensees who chose to close their own premises. “
But he added that he was grateful to “the majority of the public who acted responsibly throughout Saturday”.
In Essex, Brentwood Special Inspector Steve Weaver reported that an officer made several arrests moments after using a tweet to encourage people to “have fun tonight” but to be “responsible”.
He wrote, “It didn’t last long. Troubles on Brentwood High Street helped other units. 4 people were arrested. “
Devon and the Cornwall police said they had more than 1,000 reports by 10 p.m.
“The majority of reports this evening are related to drinking disorders and anti-social behavior,” said a spokesperson.
But a couple in Manchester, Charlie and Sienna, told Sky News that they expected the bars to be much busier.
“It is much quieter than we expected,” they said.
“But it’s a really nice atmosphere and the bar we went to felt safe. We would certainly be reassured to go out again next weekend. “
And the national president of the Real Beer Campaign (Camra) said he believed that up to half of the pubs had chosen not to reopen.
“I think it will be difficult for pubs,” he said.
“They open in uncertain circumstances. They do not know if they will recover their customers.
“What you find is that some pubs didn’t even bother to open today – they want to see what’s going to happen. “
The cautiousness of easing for many was reflected in a new poll, which found that more than half of voters believe the hotel sector was reopened too soon.
The Opinium survey indicated that 52% believe that outlets such as pubs and restaurants resume their activities early, while 73% expect a second COVID-19 outbreak this year.
He places the government’s disapproval rating at 49% – with only 30% approving his performance.
And the survey also found that 53% of people think that loosening of the lock happens too quickly.
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Adam Drummond, head of political polls at Opinium, said, “Although the government may wish to reopen, the public is concerned about the future and does not expect this publication to be anything but temporary. ”
At the same time, new quarantine exemptions will allow major sporting events, as well as television and film productions, to continue this summer, the government announced.
Silverstone will be able to organize races in August, and this decision gives the green light to international cricket, the Champions League and Europa League football, the PGA British Masters Championship and the World Snooker Championships.
Darts, horse races and other sporting events are also expected to follow, the ministers said.