clubbers of London gathered this Monday at one of the first live music events with no rules since the start of the pandemic last year, dancing throughout the night and enjoying human interactions after the England lift most restrictions against Covid-19 at midnight.
The UK, with one of the highest Covid-19 death counts in the world, is experiencing a new wave of cases, but Prime Minister Boris Johnson lifted most restrictions in England on what some have called “Freedom Day “.
Epidemiologists are generally skeptical that lifting the restrictions is the right thing to do, but many young Brits can’t take it anymore after a year and a half of lockdowns, and say they’re looking forward to a party.
“It feels like forever since I’ve been able to dance,” said Georgia Pike, 31, at Oval Space in Hackney, east London. “I want to dance, I want to hear live music, I want the vibe of being at a show, of being among other people.”
In addition to the taste for fun, however, there was also clear concern about the wave of new cases — more than 50,000 a day across the UK.
“I’m so excited — but it’s a feeling that mixes with that of impending doom,” said Gary Cartmill, 26, outside the “00:01” event organized to celebrate the return of live music.
Inside the club, the audience, some with beers in hand, others just enchanted by the music, danced throughout the night. Many embraced, some kissed, few wore masks.
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