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    England has been living under strict lockdown rules for six months, since November, as Britain was hit by a new coronavirus strain that sparked major concern across the globe.

    English joints served at least 6 million pints amid countrywide revelry on the first weekend after lockdown restrictions were relaxed. Britons swamped the "beer gardens", i.e., outdoor seatings in restaurants and pubs, with many people partying there without masks and social distancing, which resulted in numerous clashes with police in several cities.

    Multiple users on social media documented the return to freedom, as feasting and drinking rocked the country over the weekend, while others mourned the fact that Scotland and Wales are still following strict lockdown rules. And, of course, some Britons just reacted with a fresh batch of memes.

    Welsh and Scottish people won't see their pubs reopen until 26 April, while Northern Ireland will see an ease of restrictions on 30 April.

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