A PUBGOER who went out on Super Saturday admitted people weren’t socially distancing but “it’s kind of fun”.
The man made the admission while being interviewed on TV, leaving viewers baffled.
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Yesterday was dubbed Super Saturday as it marked the first day pubs and bars in England could open for the first time in three months after the coronavirus restrictions were lifted.
The lad and his mates, along with thousands of others, headed to London’s Soho to enjoy a night out and sink a few pints.
The streets of Soho were packed with partygoers wanting to make the most of it.
Sky News was also out and about chatting to people about what they thought to the reduction in the restrictions and their feelings about having a night out for the first time in months.
One man, who was stood close to his two mates, told the news channel: “We’re clearly not socially distancing, but it’s kind of fun.”
Under the government’s latest regulations, people should keep at least one-metre apart when they are out and about.
Pictures from last night though show Soho’s streets packed with people, indicating many thought social distancing had effectively gone out of the window.
One person said: “I understand the need to socialise, especially when you’re young and feel invincible but let’s hope these words don’t come back to haunt him.”
Another added: “Pished up and partying during a deadly pandemic! What could possibly go wrong?”
A third added: “Well, at the #NHS we’ll be doing our best in a couple weeks to try and save yours and your beloved ones lives, if we can. But hey, at least it was fun, right? #coronavirus #secondwave.”
The scenes last night from Soho and other English cities have sparked fears a second coronavirus wave could be started, with one officer saying it was busier than New Year’s Eve.
Some 15million pints were drunk over the course of yesterday.
John Apter, the chairman of the Police Federation, said it was “crystal clear” that people cannot follow social distancing measures when they’ve been drinking.
Mr Apter, who was on shift in Southampton where he dealt with “naked men, happy drunks, angry drunks, fights and more angry drunks”, said: “What was crystal clear is that drunk people can’t/won’t socially distance.
“It was a busy night but the shift managed to cope. I know other areas have had issues with officers being assaulted.”
Rafal Liszewski, a store manager at Clonezone on Soho’s Old Compton Street, described crowds in the area on Saturday night as “out of control”.
“Around 1pm crowds started to arrive… quickly everything got out of control and by 8-9 pm it was a proper street party with people dancing and drinking,” the 36-year-old said.
“Barely anyone was wearing masks and nobody respected social distancing… to be honest with that many people on one street it was physically impossible.”