Couples have closed the knot and hairdressers have reopened for the first time in months when restrictions on coronaviruses across England were relaxed on the so-called “Super Saturday”.
By significantly easing the blocking measures, pubs, restaurants, bars and cinemas can open their doors again with modified restrictions on social distance.
One of the first people in the country to visit a newly opened hair salon said it was nice to feel “like normal” again.
Sandra Jacobs was one of the first people to walk through the door at Tusk Hair in Camden on Friday evening when the shop in north London opened at midnight.
There were plenty of masks, aprons, and face shields in the salon, but Ms. Jacobs described the trip as “such a relief, I can’t tell you”.
She added: “My hair was everywhere. I had been wearing hats to hide it. “
Some couples also didn’t waste time saying “I do”, and two key workers got married just moments after the restrictions were lifted.
Nursing home worker Jennifer Wilson and security guard Louise Arnold, both 22 years old, married at the Peace Garden Pergola on the grounds of Runcorn Town Hall in Cheshire at the first wedding after the updated Covid 19 guidelines came into force.
Ms. Wilson said: “Last week the registry office called and asked if we wanted to be the first couple in the UK to get married after the ban and we just said yes.
“We both work normally at night, so the time was right for us.”
Ms. Arnold, who works for the truck company Eddie Stobart, added: “Since it was Pride month right now, it felt like something we couldn’t really miss. Not only for us, but also for other LGBT People who couldn’t get together to celebrate pride. “
Despite the celebrations, the ministers have asked the public not to get carried away.
Health Minister Matt Hancock told the Daily Mail that people have the right to enjoy pubs, but added, “You could end up behind bars if you break the law.”
He also said he would not refrain from closing pubs and restaurants and imposing local blocks if necessary.
He said, “I’m not a killjoy, but the virus can still kill. I don’t want bars and pubs to close again. I like going to the pub and enjoying a pints or two.”
The comments came after Prime Minister Boris Johnson told people they shouldn’t “blow up” the progress in fighting the spread of the disease that was made during the blockade when he adopted the government’s new slogan “Summer Safe.” enjoy “.
On Friday, chief physician Professor Chris Whitty said the pandemic was “far from over” when he urged the public to abide by the rules of social distancing if the leadership were relaxed.
Sir Patrick Vallance, the senior scientific advisor, also warned of the risk of “over-proliferation” of Covid-19 in pubs.
At a press conference in Downing Street, Prof. Whitty said, “None of us believe, and I’m sure no one who watches this believes that this is a risk-free next step. It is absolutely not so, so we have to really serious.
“There is no doubt that these are environments whose main job is to bring people together. It’s a great thing for society, but it’s also a great thing from a virus perspective.”
“So we need to take a really clear and disciplined approach to maintain social distance while enjoying pubs.”