The Isle of Man has exited lockdown, opened schools, and allowed locals back into the pubs.

The island has scrapped all coronavirus measures and requirements to wear face masks as its “circuit breaker” restrictions lifted today.

The population of more than 80,000 launched a return to a near-ordinary life on Monday as the island’s leader declared “elimination” of Covid-19.

Eager punters piled into one Isle of Man pub at 12.01 am to sip their first freshly-poured pints in 25 days.

And schools reopened Monday, as residents were told they were no longer being asked to stay at home.

Isle chiefs said precautions such as social distancing and face coverings would be a matter of personal choice for Manx locals.

All businesses required to close or switch to a take-away service were told they were free to reopen.

The BBC visited one Isle of Man pub that opened at one minute past midnight on Monday to serve eager punters the moment it was legal.

“Good morning ladies and gentleman,” a pub worker cried cheerily as he welcomed customers indoors.

“Worth the wait,” one punter told the cameras, as he took his first sip of a freshly-poured pint.


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