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Northern Ireland people in England divided as Freedom Day finally arrives

Easing of Covid rules a cause for celebration for many, but concerns remain as cases soar

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Delight: People dancing in Bar Fibre in Leeds, after the final legal coronavirus restrictions were lifted in England. Credit: Ioannis Alexopoulos/PA

Delight: People dancing in Bar Fibre in Leeds, after the final legal coronavirus restrictions were lifted in England. Credit: Ioannis Alexopoulos/PA

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson attends Covid briefing online from Chequers. Credit; WPA Pool

Prime Minister Boris Johnson attends Covid briefing online from Chequers. Credit; WPA Pool

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People enjoying drinks at the London and Southwestern Wetherspoon pub in Clapham. Credit: Rob Pinney/Getty Images

People enjoying drinks at the London and Southwestern Wetherspoon pub in Clapham. Credit: Rob Pinney/Getty Images

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Delight: People dancing in Bar Fibre in Leeds, after the final legal coronavirus restrictions were lifted in England. Credit: Ioannis Alexopoulos/PA

They have governed people’s lives for well over a year now but on Monday mandatory lockdown restrictions were lifted across England, marking so-called ‘Freedom Day’.

Face coverings are no longer compulsory in shops or public transport and social distancing rules have also gone.


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