BRITS will hit nightclubs up and down the country at midnight tonight to celebrate Freedom Day.
It’s thought 10million pints will be drank by freedom-hungry punters as the UK finally enters the last stage of Boris Johnson’s roadmap.
Cleaning operations in full swing at the Powerhouse nightclub in Newcastle
But what seems to be most eagerly awaited is the reopening of the country’s 12,000 nightclubs, after dance-floors were shut more than a year and a half ago.
Hundreds of thousands of Brits who turned 18 during the course of the pandemic will flock to packed nightclub to get their first taste of nightlife.
While million of veteran nightclub goers will swap the couch and pyjamas for dance-floors and glad rags.
Some clubs will are even reopening at midnight tonight as the Great British night out makes a roaring return.
Newcastle’s Powerhouse nightclub is one of several venues hosting midnight “freedom” parties as restrictions end.
G-Bar in Liverpool has said it will operate “as normal” as the clock strikes 12 and “dancing is essential”.
And Little Mix star Jade Thirlwall’s South Shields nightclub, Industry, is also set for a midnight opening.
A cleaner vacuums the dancefloor ahead of the venue’s grand reopening
Demand has been so high for parties in the early hours some places have been forced to make events ticketed – with many almost sold out.
The one-metre-plus social distancing rule being scrapped is a huge boost for the hospitality industry.
There will be no limits on how many people can meet socially, or where they can meet.
Punters will finally be allowed to mingle and stand once again, while ordering from the bar will also be permitted.
It comes as a huge boost to the hospitality industry, which has struggled to make a profit with limited capacity allowed indoors due to social distancing regulations.
And Brits will no longer need to check in to venues by scanning a QR code using the Test and Trace app.
However, Boris Johnson has today begged the public for a “cautious” end to lockdown tomorrow amid the “extremely contagious Delta variant.”
He said: “We’ve got to do it cautiously. We’ve got to remember that this virus is sadly still out there.
“Cases are rising, we can see the extreme contagiousness of the Delta variant.
“But we have this immense satisfaction that the vaccine programme has very severely weakened the link between infection and hospitalisation, and between infection and serious illness and death.
“So please, please, please be cautious and go forward tomorrow into the next step with all the right prudence and respect for other people.
“And above all, please, please, please, when you’re asked to get that second jab, get the jab, please come forward and do it.”