Brits braved cold weather, rain, and snow in their rush to the shops and pubs on Monday, as Covid-19 lockdown restrictions were loosened in the government’s stage 2 plan.
Photos of large queues for pubs and shops – like the popular affordable clothing store Primark – went viral online, while a video of a crowd rushing to get into the Manchester Arndale shopping center raised concerns about the transmission of the virus.
— Kate Hemingway (@KHemingwaynews) April 12, 2021
— Daisy Jackson (@daisyejackson) April 12, 2021
There’s 16 blokes queuing in the drizzle outside the barber’s shop!
— Martin Daubney (@MartinDaubney) April 12, 2021
Also on rt.com
Covid-19 vaccine passport might be required to buy clothes in UK later this year
But many Brits mocked the rush with jokes and memes on social media.
Can't wait for my dinner outside Wetherspoons today. pic.twitter.com/JG3bI1GorX
— Jay Beecher (@Jay_Beecher) April 12, 2021
— Gavin Anderson (@MrGavinAnderson) April 12, 2021
All the girls rushing to Primark tomorrow pic.twitter.com/4kaukjKp3W
— T̷e̷e̷ (@Teexhann) April 11, 2021
As freezing cold weather and snow continued to take over large portions of the UK, many people also mocked the lifting of restrictions with pictures of winter blizzards, ski resorts, and snowmen holding pints of beer.
— Girish Menon (@GirishMenonSTiR) April 12, 2021
— Katie 💭 (@JaffaKate8) April 12, 2021
Wetherspoons in Gravesend is already rammo pic.twitter.com/gsYvHID5E2
— Old Holborn® (@Holbornlolz) April 12, 2021
People in Britain: at last, we can go on holiday, and to pub gardens. Britain: pic.twitter.com/FwhMAoyDv2
— Michael Chessum (@michael_chessum) April 12, 2021
On Monday, shops, hairdressers, zoos, theme parks, libraries, self-contained holiday accommodation, and pubs with outdoor service were allowed to reopen in England as part of the government’s latest lockdown loosening stage. If cases of Covid-19 remain low, the third stage of reopening will take place on May 17, allowing indoor pub and restaurant service, meetings at homes, cinemas, museums, and international travel to resume.
The fourth and final stage of reopening, planned for no earlier than June 21, will remove all legal lockdown restrictions.
Also on rt.com
Vaccination drive contributed to 60% drop in Covid-19 infection rates in England, study shows
Like this story? Share it with a friend!