BRITS hit pubs and beer gardens for an alfresco booze-up on the first Saturday since restrictions eased across England.
Punters made the most of their new freedoms yesterday after April 12 saw Covid restrictions ease and allow pals to meet outdoors at a pub or cafe in groups of six.
🔵 Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest updatesBrits hit the pubs in Leeds to make the most of their first weekend of freedomCredit: NB PRESS LTD Excited Brits beamed as they grabbed a pint outsideCredit: NB PRESS LTD Brits cheer the glorious return of pintsCredit: Reuters One reveller dances for a crowd in SohoCredit: Reuters
Across the UK, pub gardens were packed with drinkers since early yesterday morning- with six million pints expected to be drunk
High streets were also busy as an estimated 18.4 million people went shopping and blew more than £1.6billion – but this was still down on pre-pandemic levels, when £2bn was typically spent.
Many shared their first pint with friends last night in months due to the tough lockdown restrictions in place since Christmas.
In Liverpool, friends clubbed together to enjoy a pint in beer gardens across the city centre.
And in Manchester, queues formed to get into the bustling Deansgate Locks pub gardens.
Yesterday's sunny spring weather encouraged punters out in force as parts of southern England saw temperatures rocket to 16C.A woman dances the night away in LeedsCredit: NB PRESS LTD Another woman stumbles in the night in BirminghamCredit: SnapperSK Cops were in Soho as revellers enjoy the first Saturday with open pubsCredit: LNP A copper gestures in the middle of a lively crowdCredit: Reuters Masked-up pals enjoy a night out in freedomCredit: NNP A lad carries a 12 pack of Corona while his pals walk with a drink in hand in LeedsCredit: NB PRESS LTD A newly-wed couple kiss in Borough MarketCredit: Reuters Friends celebrated their new freedoms with drinks in Manchester's beer gardensCredit: John Gladwin In leafy Wimbledon, pub drinkers opted for deck chairsCredit: Rex Friends met up in outdoor beer gardens across Liverpool city centreCredit: LNP A group of mates celebrated the reopening of pubs in LiverpoolCredit: LNP Some dressed up more than others for their first outing to the pubsCredit: LNP London's Regent Street was packed as shoppers returned to the high streetCredit: LNP Friends gathered for drinks and food in London after coronavirus restrictions were eased this weekCredit: w8media Punters use a blanket to keep warm in NewcastleCredit: NNP
The warm weather looks set to stay for the next three days with southern England due to see temperatures rise up to 18C early next week.
Since pubs reopened on April 12, some pubs with big outdoor areas have reportedly traded ten times higher than before Covid.
On Friday night, boozed up Brits danced in the streets as scuffles broke out at some reopened beer gardens.
Millions flocked to newly-reopened bars after lockdown restrictions were eased in England this week.Deansgate Locks were packed with Saturday punters in ManchesterCredit: John Gladwin Clusters of deck chairs were seen in Wimbledon, LondonCredit: Splash Bournemouth's beaches were also full as Brits headed out in the sunshineCredit: BNPS Punters delighted in the lockdown easing in Liverpool last nightCredit: LNP Friends headed out for a drink together yesterday evening in LeedsCredit: nb press ltd Police patrol as members of the public relax and enjoy the sunny weather in Hyde Park in central LondonCredit: LNP A large sign warns the public that Primrose Hill in North West London will close at 10pmCredit: LNP
Around 1.5million pub punters are set to make up for lost time on the first Saturday session for all areas of England since October.
Emma McClarkin, chief executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “Pubs and pub-goers are looking forward to the first weekend drinks in months.
"We’re beginning to rebuild our businesses and reconnect our communities.”
Shops have also seen a spike in sales as the high street once again opened their doors to Brits.
Queues could be seen across Regent Street, London, as keen shoppers queued to get into their favourite stores.
Most high street shops have been closed since mid-December, but all non-essential shops have now been reopened in the UK.
Police could also be seen across London high streets to ensure social distancing remained in place.Soho was packed with happy sun-seeking Brits having a drinkCredit: w8media Crowds of people enjoying their afternoon in LondonCredit: w8media People flocked to Bournemouth beach todayCredit: w8media Police were patrolling parts of London to ensure social distancing remained in placeCredit: LNP Queues could be seen in shops on Regent Street, LondonCredit: LNP
Brits start the weekend early as drinkers bask in sunshine in parks, beaches and pub beer gardens