Winter weekends might be bleak in England, but over in Wales, life and revelry are looking a little more like normal following the conclusion of a "firebreak" lockdown.
England is now only halfway through a four-week country-wide lockdown which is expected to remain in place until at least December 2.
However, Wales was unlocked form a ‘firebreak’ lockdown on November 9, with high streets across the country looking busy and well spirited as members of the public enjoy nights out once again.
On Friday night, the streets of Swansea were bustling as punters hit up pubs, boozers and restaurants for socially-distanced socialising.
Establishments remained open until the 10pm curfew, allowing friends and colleagues to enjoy a few drinks together amid the ongoing battle against Coronavirus.
Revellers were ready to battle seasonably wet and miserable weather for a jolly evening out.
While many punters were seen wearing face masks and hiding under their brollies as they did all they could to protect themselves against the elements and the Covid-19 virus.
The scenes in Swansea were echoed in Cardiff where Welsh pub-goers looked in high spirits as they enjoyed a second weekend out of lockdown.
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Meanwhile, in England, pubs and restaurants are able to offer takeaway series only as the nation was plunged into lockdown on November 5.
Since the lockdown began, however, the battle against coronavirus has taken a turn for the better.
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So far, a vaccine by US pharmaceutical company Pfizer has proven to be over 90% effective in protecting against the deadly virus.
While a second vaccine by Moderna was unveiled to be 95% effective against the virus within days of Pfizer’s announcement.
And a vaccine by scientists at Oxford university and AstraZeneca have also uncovered an effective vaccine which hopes to be even more successful at protecting vulnerable people in older age groups against the deadly virus.
It is hoped vaccines will begin being administered in the UK from the beginning of December – with hopes high that life will finally return to normal by Spring.
In other happier news, the Government has hinted that strict coronaries protection rules may be relaxed next month to allow a ‘five days of Christmas’ in which multiple households will be permitted to celebrate together.
However, it has also been suggested that such celebrations could carry health risks – and could subsequently result in a further 25-day lockdown to control a potential related Covid outbreak.
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