On the night before Thursday, partygoers rushed to London pubs to have their last drinks before the country’s second lockdown, reports said.
Pubs and restaurants even set up tables outside the buildings to accommodate more customers, per the Express.
According to Express, the streets of Soho are packed with people having drinks and merrymaking.
In fact, people on the streets are so crowded that not everyone can do social distancing there.
It is also evident in the pictures and videos online that a lot of people are not wearing masks.
One man who went to a pub on that night told Agence-France Presse (AFP) that the event “is quite symbolic.”
According to him, people wanted to “enjoy a bit of freedom” before the second lockdown starts.
The UK is the 9th country in the world with the highest number of COVID-19 cases.
The UK has around 1,100,000 COVID-19 cases, per Johns Hopkins University.
London, on the other hand, has around 105,000 positive cases as of Wednesday, per My London.
With its COVID-19 cases not getting better, the UK finally decided to enact its second lockdown on Thursday.
MPs on Wednesday voted to back a four-week lockdown plan to contain the virus’ surge in England.
The lockdown will last for around four weeks, or until the first week of December 2.
According to the BBC, by that time, Ministers hope that England can return to a regional approach to the virus.
People have to follow stringent rules such as staying at home unless they need to go out for necessities, work, and school.
In addition, businesses that do not belong to the category of basic necessities will also have to close.
People will also have to refrain from meeting their friends indoors and outdoors and limit themselves to a household bubble.
Moreover, international travel will also be limited to work.