Pent-up Brits let loose Monday to celebrate pandemic restrictions easing, partying it up in nightclubs for what they have dubbed “Freedom Day” — even as new infections soared to the highest levels seen in months.
“I’m absolutely ecstatic,” Lorna Feeney, who was out celebrating at Bar Fibre, a club in Leeds, told the Associated Press.
“That’s my life, my soul — I love dancing. It bonds me. It’s amazing. It makes me feel so good.”
From midnight, laws in England requiring masks to be worn in shops and other indoor settings lapsed, along with capacity limits in bars and restaurants, and rules limiting the number of people who can socialize together.
At a nightclub in London, Kevin Ally told the Associated Press it’s “good to be back” on the dance floor — and he wasn’t worried about catching or spreading COVID-19.
“There’s zero concern,” he said. “The only concern is why we haven’t been here for a year