Drinkers gathered outside London bars on Saturday evening when the pubs reopened for the first time in more than three months.
Public houses in England were allowed to open next to cinemas, theme parks and hairdressers on Saturday to loosen the restrictions.
But images showing crowds of people gathering in front of bars in Soho, central London, have raised the alarm because of concerns that the city’s R rate has risen above 1. MirrorOnline reports.
The Welsh government has announced that bars, restaurants and cafés will only be able to prepare for reopening outdoors on July 13th.
The five-mile rule, which is designed to ensure that people stay in their area, remains in effect in Wales until Monday.
A man walking through the busy streets of London on Saturday said to Mirror Online: “As I walked along old Compton Street I felt like I was wading through a petri dish.
“And that was around 4:30 pm. Not much chance to distance yourself socially, even if you just walk down the street.”
A shocked woman continued to write Twitter : “I just saw scenes where Soho Pubs … my heart goes out to the health workers and their families who died of Covid to save the rest of us … disgusting lack of respect.”
And a man shared a video of groups that had gathered on the street and wrote, “Soho Lockdown is over.”
Another raged, “I just saw the scenes in Soho. It’s like the health workers who risked their lives to cope with the pandemic were just wasting their time.”
The World Health Organization said earlier today that the number of daily infections is the highest since the pandemic started.
Enthusiastic speculators expressed their joy after finally being able to set foot in their local drinkers again.
A man named Jimmy said earlier: “It’s great to be back.
“I was at night, finished my shift … went home, took a shower and came in.
“Having my first carling was like an angel pecking on the tip of my tongue. It’s great that it’s on the train again. I’m tired of the cans in the house.”
England’s chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty, yesterday warned that “this virus is far from over.”
He added: “It won’t be long.
“Nobody who observes this believes that this is a risk-free next step.
“We have to be absolutely serious.”
He warned that a second wave was “very likely” as the restrictions on lockout would be relaxed.