The British police said on Sunday that revelers who packed Soho in the nightclubs have finally reopened, made "crystal clear" that drunk people cannot distance themselves socially.
The English hospitality sector woke up to what the media called either "Super Saturday" or "Independence Day" after a three-month interruption in the corona virus.
Pubs and restaurants were allowed to receive customers, and hairdressers were able to get their hair clippers out for the first time since March.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, however, faced questions as to why he had decided to reopen on Saturday instead of a potentially less chaotic Monday.
Johnson said on Friday that it in no way made a big difference.
But the chief of the British Police Association said he dealt with "naked men, happy drunks, angry drunks, fights and angry drunks" during the shift.
"What was crystal clear is that drunk people can't / don't want to distance themselves socially," John Apter told London Radio.
He said his own police department in the southern city of Southampton "managed to cope".
"I know there have been problems with attacking officials in other areas," said Apter.
A scan of the police reports on Saturday night showed a similar level of mischief across England.
Officials in southwestern Devon and Cornwall had registered nearly 1,000 reports of "beverage-related disorders and antisocial behavior" by late Saturday.
There were also reports of illegal raves in London and the North East, which led to mass arrests and riots in the North Midlands.
The pubs in Wales and Scotland will reopen partially until mid-July, while the pubs in Ireland have had table service since Friday.
Government on the defensive
The UK's lockout took longer and ended later than in most European countries, as the death toll is now the third highest in the world.
The official death toll is 44,000, and a number that shows COVID-19 on the death certificate is over 50,000.
With both measures, Britain is the worst in Europe.
Safe reopening, which prevents the need for a second block across large areas, is seen as critical to Johnson's long-term success.
Health Minister Matt Hancock defended the government's decision-making and downplayed all immediate security concerns.
"From everything I've seen, although there are some opposite pictures, people have acted very, very largely responsibly," Hancock told Sky News.
"So overall, I'm happy with what happened yesterday. It was really good to see people on the go and mostly, very, largely social distancing."
Johnson's government closed shops in downtown Leicester last week due to a local increase in infections.
The outbreak was attributed to local food and apparel manufacturers who reportedly disregarded social distance measures and violated other rules.
The National Crime Agency opened an investigation after the Sunday Times reported that one of the factories operated a sweatshop that illegally paid low wages.
The agency said officials "visited a number of business premises in the Leicester area to assess concerns about modern slavery and human trafficking."
So far, no fees have been charged.
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