Boozy Brits mark end of second lockdown with breakfast beers as pubs reopen

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Boozy Brits flocked to their locals today as they celebrated the return of tiers with well-earned breakfast beers.

Punters toasted the end of the national lockdown by guzzling pints alongside their ‘substantial’ fry-ups.

England has been banned from boozing in pubs since November 5, with bars shut and mingling against the rules until this morning.

But as Boris moves us to the ‘beefed-up’ Three Tier system some restaurants and pubs are able to welcome thirsty customers once more.

Drinkers in Tiers Two and One are able to return to bar stools and enjoy a socially-distanced pint.

Drinkers in Cornwall, the only place on mainland England to be in the lowest tier, were even able to say chin-chin with a pal outside their household.

As shutters came up around the country, one Brit said: “I'm off for a cooked breakfast and a pint.”

A second hungry customer keen to hit the pub tweeted: "And we're out of lockdown! Woohoo! Who wants to come to the pub with me for a pint and a substantial meal?"

And a third chimed in: “Lockdown is over, you can catch me in the pub with my friends tonight."

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Patrons were snapped enjoying themselves early in the morning, with pals celebrating the end of lockdown with an AM pint.

Ninety-nine per cent of England are now in the harshest Tiers 2 and 3.

In Tier 2 only pubs serving "substantial meals" are allowed to still pull pints for punters.

England has been gripped by the toughest debate in decades as the government lock horns over whether a Scotch Egg counts as substantial grub.

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Environment Secretary George Eustice delighted drinkers when he said: “I think a Scotch egg probably would count.”

But Michael Gove later tripped up three times when asked the same question on if the snack would be classed as a meal.

One cheeky Brit said: “Right then, Alexa. Nearest Tier 2 pub that sells Scotch Eggs”

Meanwhile fitness fanatics have flocked back to gyms to pump iron for the first time in nearly a month.

And desperate shoppers queued up to be the first people back inside a Primark as non-essential shopping was once again permitted.

Only the Isle of Wight, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are in the lowest Tier 1 – which will face very little restrictions.

Some 32 million people in England – just over 56% of the population – are in Tier 2, including Liverpool and London.

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