And this is what it looks like
The prime minister spent it in isolation. So did the chancellor of the exchequer. And the health secretary has covid.
Devon's hospitals coped with their first deaths from the disease in two months. Infection rates in much of the county have tripled.
But Monday was 'freedom' day.
In Plymouth, a new nightclub welcomed revellers at one minute past midnight. Young people queued outside The Depo to make sure of their place on the dance floor.
Ryan Platte from the club is delighted. He says: "For it to be open last night is a very, very positive sign of good things to come. I'm quite happy."
The renewed freedoms are not all about youngsters dancing. Signing is allowed too - even by older people.
Folk band Show of Hands performed at the Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington. Singer-songwriter Steve Knightley says: "Some people were masked, some weren't. It was their choice. But at least we could get them to sing without getting arrested!"
The Old Inn at Bodmin hasn't been able to reopen yet. As with many venues, some staff are isolating and owner Darren Wills wanted to protect other staff and customers. They'll get cracking as soon as they can.
This film report is from BBC Spotlight.