Freedom Day: Live updates as clubs, pubs and bars in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough fully reopen
England’s remaining Covid rules were lifted today, July 19, as part of the fourth step in the government’s roadmap to ease restrictions.
In England, limits on socialization have been removed in almost all settings, face masks are no longer a legal requirement – although people are still encouraged to wear them in crowded enclosed spaces and out of respect for others – and big events can take place.
Nightclubs, closed for almost 18 months, can reopen and other places such as restaurants and pubs no longer have to serve customers only at the table.
Weddings, funerals, theaters, concerts, concerts and sporting events can take place without any social limits, while community devotees can also gather in as many numbers as they like.
Despite the government’s insistence on being guided by “data, not dates”, there is no doubt that “Freedom Day” – postponed from June 21 – has been overshadowed by the increase in cases, deaths and hospitalizations across the UK, with many feeling confused about the current state of the crisis.
The government has recognized this and is urging people to be careful, saying “this is not a return to normal yet”.
Today (July 19) we are traveling Cambridge and Peterborough to document what’s new in our wonderful county.
Follow the live blog below for all updates on the reopening of businesses and other changes in Cambridgeshire.