The people of England quickly enjoyed greater freedoms after the end of the national lockdown and were replaced by a tiered system of restrictions.
Some of the toughest fitness fanatics even hit the weights for a midnight workout when a London gym owner opened their doors at noon.
All non-essential stores are allowed to open starting today, paving the way for a festive shopping spree that is likely to drive people back to the country's battered main streets.
A fire sale at Debenhams is expected to fuel the shopping bonanza as bargain hunters are lured in by price cuts of up to 70 percent ahead of the company's imminent liquidation after the collapse of bailout talks.
A forerunner of today's likely rush for generous discounts – as the chain reopened its soon-to-run 124 stores – was spotted last night when more than a million people flooded the store's website.
The sudden surge in activity when England lifted blanket restrictions is dubbed "Wild Wednesday" – but the vast majority of the public will still live under draconian laws.
Boris Johnson overcame the biggest Tory rebellion of his term last night for his new tier system to slacken the Commons by 291 to 78, with Labor MPs abstaining.
This heralds the government's previous strategy of dividing the country into three "alert levels" – but this time with tougher measures and with 99 percent of the country facing the two top levels.
The pubs curfew has been extended to 11 p.m., but they are grappling with the new regulations. In tier 2 they can only serve alcohol with a “substantial meal” and in tier 3 they are restricted to take away.
But despite the pandemic that is still looming in everyday life, many Britons cheered when the Freedom Shower went into effect today.
Some of the toughest fitness fanatics even hit the weights for a midnight workout when a London gym owner, Andreas Michli (pictured), who had previously been fined for breaking the lock, pushed open his doors every 12
Hundreds of thousands of shoppers have flooded the Debenhams website for generous discounts as the department store tries to clear its inventory before it finally closes
Boris Johnson overcame the biggest Tory rebellion of his term last night for his new tier system to slacken the Commons by 291 to 78, with Labor MPs abstaining
PM suffers the biggest revolt of its tenure – but wins the votes of the stages
Boris Johnson approved his brutal post-lockdown steps from the Commons last night, thanks to Sir Keir Starmer's tacit support, after witnessing the biggest Tory uprising in this Parliament when more than 50 Tories defied the whip.
The new three-tier system was signed by a margin of 291-78 and went into effect at midnight after Labor abstained from voting. Despite the complaint, the regime was not harsh enough and there was not enough support for corporate-crippled hotel companies in government shutdowns.
While the majority of the headlines 213 were healthy, the riot of 55 Tories – including the suspended Julian Lewis – made the riot the largest in this Parliament after 44 previously violated the pub curfew.
Another 17 appear to have abstained, although it is not clear how many were given permission to stay away. Sir Keir suffered his own uprising, along with Jeremy Corbyn and eight DUP politicians, in which 15 defied the whip.
Although the Labor move guaranteed victory number 10, Mr Johnson was exposed to the wrath of his own benches. If all opposition parties had voted against the government, the prime minister would have been easily defeated.
The rebellion may have permanently wiped the possibility of a blanket shutdown of the virus in the future, and likely set alarm bells in No. 10 as the Prime Minister's authority continues to wane.
When England woke up to loosening restrictions to varying degrees:
- Cabinet Minister Michael Gove said two Scottish eggs were "an appetizer" 24 hours after Environment Secretary George Eustice said one was an essential meal for buying alcohol in Level 2 pubs, but Mr Gove added to the confusion to say later that it could also be used as the main meal;
- Sir Keir Starmer has been accused of "politics" in the middle of the pandemic after ordering his MPs to suspend the decisive vote tonight on the rules intended to replace the lockdown.
- Stratford-on-Avon County Council filed a legal lawsuit against Tier 3 listing.
- Mr Gove has denied that Britons need "immunity certificates" to go to the pub – despite a colleague who raised the prospect of them yesterday;
- Mr Gove pointed to Wales as an example of how a lockdown should not be carried out after it was announced that pubs would have to close from 6 p.m. and that alcohol beverages would no longer be allowed to sell as of Friday as the country was only a few weeks after the end of the "Fire break" stands in front of new curbs.
- The government announced another 603 Covid deaths on Tuesday, bringing the UK to 59,051.
34-year-old gym boss Andreas Michli was attacked by supporters tonight when he opened his doors at midnight.
The owner was fined £ 67,000 and brought to justice by Haringey Council last month after taking a three-day break at the Zone Gym in Wood Green, north London, with more than 30 police officers.
But he was back in business last night, greeting around 60 people through his doors – and boasting that the prime minister had been influenced by his protest.
As the crowd lined up to get back on the treadmills, Mr Michli told MailOnline, “I have no doubt that we managed to change the Prime Minister's mind about opening gyms.
He saw what was going on and listened. But the war continues and now it's not just about gyms anymore. I feel like I'm fighting for all kinds of companies.
"So many business owners are suffering, so it's great to see here tonight the excitement and excitement that we are reopening."
One of the first to stand at the door was personal trainer Sophia Sammee (35) from Friern Barnet, North London, who said: “You can see happiness on people's faces here tonight.
"Everyone is buzzing that the lockdown is over." This gym was my home and I really wanted to be here by midnight. Andreas was brave to be open and I was proud to support him. & # 39;
Lawyer trainee Dennis Adjei-Sarpong, 26, said, “There are so many smiles here tonight that this place is open again. People just want to get lost in their workouts and fitness again. I can't wait to hit the weights myself. It's a great moment. & # 39;
The Zone Gym in Wood Green, North London, welcomed around 60 people through its doors at midnight
Mr Michli told MailOnline: "I am sure that we have succeeded in changing the Prime Minister's mind about opening gyms."
Only 18 municipalities see Covid cases increasing
Only eighteen authorities in England have seen a surge in Covid-19 cases in the past week. This comes from official figures that question whether 99 percent of the country needs to be in the toughest two stages of lockdown.
Only eight areas – Ashford, Dover, Folkestone and Hythe, Maidstone, Medway, Tonbridge and Malling, Boston in Lincolnshire and South Ribble in Lancashire – have Tier 3 restrictions that require all pubs, bars and restaurants to close.
The other areas that have seen an increase in infections – Mendip, Torridge, Surrey Heath, Woking, Basildon, Harlow, Ipswich, North Norfolk, Peterborough and Waltham Forest – fall under the second severest category. Residents living in Tier 2 are not allowed to mix with other households indoors.
This means that the other 297 subordinate authorities in England, home to around 53 million people, saw a decrease in coronavirus cases in the seven-day period ending November 25, the last week of data.
Although Public Health England data shows Covid outbreaks are declining in the rest of the country, 55 million people will be living in either Tier 2 or Tier 3 if the national lockdown ends tomorrow.
Mr Michli amassed a fortune in solid criminal charges only to tear them apart on his Instagram channel and invite members back to his gym – just so the judges can shut him down.
Despite breaking the law during the lockdown, he said he was inundated with messages of support from well-wishers from across the country.
“I'm not paying the fine, and if the Haringey Council wants the money, they'll have to take me to court because I'm not giving a cent. I feel like the public is swaying behind me and it's an amazing feeling.
“We were expecting a big crowd at twelve because so many people on social media said they wanted to be here when the doors open.
“We had a lot of love and support from all over the country who supported us. Since we're a 24-hour gym, it made sense to open at midnight. & # 39;
Mr Michli has 1,200 members, but the social distancing rules mean he will be limited to 85 members in his gym at a time.
& # 39; We will be following government guidelines on how many people can be on the premises at one time. And we will enforce social distancing. Even so, it's a big step back to normal life. & # 39;
On Wild Wednesday, there will also be a flash of shops on the main drag as people try to buy gifts weeks before Christmas.
It's powered by a bargain bonanza from Debenhams, which cut the prices of handbags, shoes, boots, watches, and dresses.
The chain has become the youngest victim on Main Street and is being liquidated in the New Year after rescue talks with JD Sport fail. It has drawn a line under 242 years of trade and put 12,000 jobs at risk.
There was a 20 minute wait late Tuesday evening "due to exceptional demand" with over 300,000 trying to get to the site at one point and the total number of buyers exceeding a million.
A bloody year for retailers amid the pandemic peaked this week when both Debenhams and Sir Philip Green's Arcadia group collapsed.
Arcadia, which owns Topshop, Miss Selfridge, Dorothy Perkins and Burton, has taken over management and put 13,000 jobs at risk.
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