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'We're not stupid'... what Manchester shoppers were saying about 'Freedom Day' and the end of Covid restrictions

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Cut through the noise by getting the day's biggest stories sent direct to your inbox Thousands of shoppers descended onto the high street as restrictions eased for the last time but one thing was on everybody's mind: is this too soon?

As cases start to surge, there was mixed emotion from Mancunains - some worried and questioning whether relaxing the rules today would be worth it for another potential lockdown in winter.

University students were the first to hit the clubs at 12.01 this morning after doing a countdown to a time when they could ditch their masks, order at the bar and party until the early hours. READ MORE:Clubbers will need proof of double vaccination Others approached the new way of life with more caution, continuning to wear

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