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Brits enjoy boozy night on the town on second weekend of freedom since beer gardens reopened

BRITS have enjoyed a boozy night out on the town on the second weekend of freedom since beer gardens reopened.

Revellers all across England made the most of Friday sunshine before spending the night at bars and pubs.

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Soho in central London was packed with punters last night.

Thousands hit the central city to make the most of their newfound freedoms.

Cops were seen patrolling the streets to ensure things did not get too rowdy.

Meanwhile further north in Leeds, partiers hit the streets to kick their weekend off.

Pals were seen jumping on each other in the street outside packed bars.

Revellers took the opportunity to blow off steam after pubs were closed for months due to the Covid lockdown.

Similar scenes unfolded seven days ago on the first weekend since restrictions were lifted.

It comes amid news that Brits should finally be able to ditch masks from early summer thanks to the jabs blitz.

Official data now shows the ­number of people who have the virus has dropped below 100,000 in England for the first time since early September.

Separate NHS figures also reveal more than four in five over-75s have had both vaccine doses — with 11.6 million Brits now fully covered.

Under PM Boris Johnson’s plan to end lockdown in England, social contact will no longer be restricted from June 21.

Government scientists say it means mask-wearing will soon become optional, with life returning “much more towards normal”.

A senior source said immunisation has gone so well that infections will continue to fall next month despite the recent opening of schools and shops.

They confirmed that as things stand, lockdown is set to end in June, with nothing currently in the data putting the planned lifting of curbs at risk.

But masks may have to return in autumn or winter if the UK has a fresh surge in Covid cases.

Bosses were also urged to discourage workplace “presenteeism” – sick staff turning up when feeling unwell – to slash outbreaks.

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