People can also begin enjoying concerts, theatre and sports events once again, while venues such as nightclubs have been allowed to reopen.
But, while some people are understandably excited to regain some normality after the past 16 months, there are others who remain apprehensive about the rule changes, with the country already hitting 50,000 Covid-19 cases a day and warnings from some scientists that the public must take a cautious approach to unlocking.
This morning, people on Twitter have been reminding people to take care and think of those who might be more vulnerable, as we enter this new phase.
Dr Samantha Batt-Rawden was among several NHS staff who posted about the easing of restrictions. Sharing a photo of herself head-to-toe in personal protective equipment (PPE) after working in the ICU last night, she joked that NHS staff were “very relieved to find out the COVID pandemic finished at midnight” as she dubbed today as “FreeDumbDay.”
Happy #freedomday everyone! Us NHS staff working in ICU tonight were very relieved to find out the COVID pandemic f… https://t.co/JkTz8am4Ae
— Dr Samantha Batt-Rawden 💙 (@Dr Samantha Batt-Rawden 💙)
Meanwhile, Frontline19 – a UK service that provides psychological support for health workers working on the frontline – shared six things to remember as the rules are lifted.
You can say no to plans if you’re not comfortable
You don’t have to go back to your “old normal”
You’re allowed boundaries
Be kind to yourself and others
Your feelings are valid
Keep yourself and other safe by wearing a mask and washing your hands.
We know that not everyone will feel happy or comfortable with the changes happening today. That's why we wanted to… https://t.co/5JtfGCd9ac
Several people posted that they would still be wearing a mask, despite them mostly no longer being mandatory in indoor settings. With #wearamask trending on Twitter, one woman named Izzy posted a photo of herself in a face covering and wrote: “Please remember that your #FreedomDay could be somebody else’s death sentence.”
Please remember that your #FreedomDay could be somebody else’s death sentence.
Be a good human. Mask up. Keep your… https://t.co/ZTiKr5yQ7H
And another woman reassured those who are worried about the rules easing that they are not alone.
She wrote: “I know you feel left behind and forgotten, but I hope you don’t also feel alone. You aren’t.”
I’m so sorry for everyone who is terrified of #FreedomDay
I know you feel left behind and forgotten, but I hope yo… https://t.co/zb8f4F0Kdn
— This Thing They Call Recovery (@This Thing They Call Recovery)
While another reminded people to “keep an eye out for the preferences of each individual business you visit.” Supermarket chains – including Tesco, Asda, Lidl, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose – are among the businesses who will encourage customers to keep masks on.
As the restrictions ease again today, remember to keep an eye out for the preferences of each individual business y… https://t.co/WgcQm6ibhy