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Up to £3billion spent over weekend across England with 4million pints drank a day

A whopping £3 billion was spent over the weekend – the first since pubs and non-essential shops re-opened last Monday across England.

During the Wild Weekend, four million pints were drank per day as parched revellers flocked to beer gardens and reunited with friends for the first time in months.

An estimated 2.7million people enjoyed drinks outside boozers, with around 250,000 venues now serving alcohol, while 20million descended on high streets for some much-needed retail therapy.

Sunny springtime weather further helped to entice people from their homes, while a crowd of 4,000 football fans finally returned to Wembley Stadium for an FA Cup semi-final.

Leicester City’s 1-0 win over Southampton was the first professional match played in front of supporters in England since December.

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People dine and party along a street in Soho
250,000 venues across England served alcohol

It was just one of a number of pilot schemes being undertaken as Boris Johnson’s lockdown easing roadmap heads into the summer, with 325 snooker fans also allowed into Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre for the World Snooker Championship.

Ministers will review the events to work out how venues can operate safely in the months to come.

It comes as the UK’s vaccine roll-out continues to ramp up, with 10 million second doses dished out amid 42 million jabs in total.

Londoners swarmed Soho on the first Saturday after coronavirus lockdown lifted in England
Friends reunited for the first time in months

People party along a street in Soho
Streets across the country saw impromptu parties

Pubs and bars were open for the first weekend since October 14, leading to street parties – including a dancing police officer in Soho who was then given a mild ticking off.

A spokesperson for The Met said: “The officer has been reminded of the importance of ensuring that safe social distancing is maintained.”

As revellers filled streets in many of England’s major cities, councils ordered routes in and around bars and pubs be shut off, only adding to the festival vibes.

Beaches and other beauty spots also saw surges of crowds.

However, the Met’s Deputy Assistant Commissioner Jane Connors was keen to remind people the pandemic is not over.

“It’s important we all stick to the rules so further lockdowns, or restrictions, are avoided,” she said.



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