Pictures: Revellers return to nightclubs at midnight on ‘Freedom Day’
Dancefloors across England were packed with pandemic partygoers at midnight as Covid rules eased in the country.
Thousands of clubbers queued for sell-out venue events on Sunday July 18 to celebrate the lifting of restrictions that came into force this morning.
As of 00:01 today England dropped most of its remaining Covid-19 social restrictions, such as those requiring indoor mask-wearing and limits on group gatherings, among other rules.
Nightclubs have been closed since the start of the pandemic and have reopened their doors for the first time in over a year without any restrictions.
The industry has been encouraged to check if people are either fully vaccinated, have natural immunity from infection or have a recent negative test using the NHS Covid Pass before entering.
Despite rising Covid-19 cases, the government eased all guidelines but are still urging people to continue with caution.
Face coverings and social distancing is no longer a requirement in public, however some businesses are still asking that customers follow their guidelines.