Welsh revellers hit the town as they emerge from two-week ‘firebreak’ lockdown

Welsh revellers braved the rain to hit the town last night after the two-week firebreak Covid lockdown came to an end.

The restrictions, which were implemented in a bid to curb the soaring coronavirus infection rates, finally lifted on Monday.

Now, cases have fallen in almost every part of Wales but in some areas it's unclear if the 'firebreak' was responsible.

People flocked to bars and restaurants to mark their freedom and to meet friends.

It comes as England went into its own two-week second lockdown to fight the surge in Covid cases across the country.

As part of their freedom, four people groups from different households are permitted to meet in cafes, pubs, bars and restaurants.

Gyms, hairdressers, non-essential shops and places of worship are allowed to reopen again.

Supermarkets can also start selling non-essential items after controversy over what is deemed as essential.

Although, alcohol sales are still restricted by a 10pm curfew, but that didn't stop people hitting the town last night.

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The end of the lockdown was embraced by families earlier in the day who headed out to towns and Ikea.

They said they were 'so excited to see some real people' and 'get back to the new normal this week'.

The lockdown also festered a desire for flatpack furniture as queues formed at Cardiff's Ikea store.

While the store was packed, shoppers adhered to social distancing rules and appeared to be wearing face masks.

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Primark was also a favourite with customers queueing at the budget clothing brand.

There were queues before the shop opened at 9am yesterday.

Pubs were keen to check every customer's ID to ensure they were supposed to be in Wales and not a cheeky boozer from England jealous over the end of the lockdown.

Schools and all businesses can reopen again after the firebreak was lifted.

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Free travel is allowed within Wales and groups of 30 or 15 can take part in organised activity.

Labour First Minister Mark Drakeford welcomed the new phase of freedom but urged people to still be vigilant.

He said: "We all need to think about our own lives and what we can all do to keep our families safe.

"We need to stop thinking about the maximum limit of rules and regulations.

"Coronavirus is a highly infectious virus – it thrives on contact between people."

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