Lockdown lifting: 'Light at the end of the tunnel'

Excitement, relief and a few cocktails flowed in Liverpool as the easing of lockdown restrictions meant bars and non-essential shops could reopen on Monday. Some locals braved the queues for high street shops in the Liverpool ONE shopping complex, while others enjoyed the spring sunshine and a few drinks at the Botanical Garden Bar and Boujee Restaurant and Bar - where Real Housewives of Cheshire star Lystra Adams was to be spotted welcoming customers. Video Journalist: Samantha Everett

Video Transcript


- Cheers, darling.

- Cheers.

- What lockdown has really taught us and what this here today, right here, right now is to live in the moment. Enjoy right here, right now.


The weather, thank God. I mean, I was about to do some sort of dance. But I'm just so excited.

- I turned 18 during lockdown, so I haven't been able to go out, haven't been able to do anything. So this is the first time going out and actually having a life.

- And does that feel?

- Amazing.

- It really feels like everything is literally unlocking.


- This is the best Monday.

- Today feels a bit like New Year's Day.

- I came for shopping because I'm so excited.

- It's actually quite normal. It's not as busy as I thought it'd be.

- We've been Primark, we've been JD.

- We couldn't wait to open our doors.

- So today is our first day back in the shop, it's quite busy.

- Been working hard the last few months to try and get some new designs ready for the reopening.

- I love being back in store, being with my colleagues.

- There's a lot of customers coming through.

- Some queues for shops are quite long. Like if you want to go to Zara, be prepared to wait.

- The sun's shining, the drinks are looking great.

- This is, kind of, like our first date, even though we've been together for, like, a really long time.

- It's all good, it's a great vibe.

- The tunes are playing.

- Think it's given everyone a bit of a spring in their step.

- I've been isolating since March last year. It's been really hard, especially emotionally as well. Because we had a family member that passed away from COVID.

- It's been a struggle because obviously we've been a new business.

- We opened in December, then corona and the lockdown happened.

- I think everyone struggles in their own ways.

- It's been a bit of a rollercoaster.

- You know, you're stuck inside with each all the time. You want to start talking to some different people.

- It makes you feel like your life's on pause.

- The lockdown was horrible, you stay at home and not meet our friends or family.

- So even with the amount of grants coming in, grants can never, like, cover the profit that can be made.

- Like you're living the same day over and over again.

- Because you feel a bit like-- a little bit powerless.

- But it's good to know that there's light at the end of the tunnel.

- And it's just been nice to get out with the whole family.

- Just kind of feels like you've got your normal life back now.

- We can feel like more human again, I guess. We're not locked in.

- It mean a lot to me, you know, like life come back to normal again.

- But it's just nice to see some progress.

- Cheers.

- I don't want to get my hopes up too much just because I know we've, sort of, been through this before and then ended up going back into lockdown. But with the vaccines and everything, I'm hoping that, you know, this is it now.

- It gives me some sort of hope that we're, sort of, taking those steps.

- I think the economy needs it.

- We can see, like, the end is near.

- It's not like you can make a cocktail at home that taste as good as what you get in a bar. So really have to-- just have a drink in my hand, have my missus with me and just go around for a nice little pub crawl today.

- And have fun.