Paloma Faith says she feels 'scared to go out' after 'freedom day'

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Paloma Faith has said she feels like 'hiding' following the lifting of restrictions. (Photo by Jim Dyson/Redferns)
Paloma Faith has said she feels like 'hiding' following the lifting of restrictions. (Redferns)

Paloma Faith has said she feels like "hiding" in her home following the lifting of coronavirus restrictions in England on Monday. 

Social distancing rules were scrapped earlier this week, with some dubbing Monday 19 July as "freedom day".

However, the 40-year-old singer has said the changes have left her wanting to stay inside. 

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In a video posted on Instagram, she said: “This freedom day absolute nonsense feels like the least free that we have been for a long, long time.

“I don’t understand it.”

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She said people with children or those who have anxiety or issues with socialising are “all just hiding and are less free than ever because we’re all scared to go out”.

Faith, who welcomed her second daughter with partner Leyman Lahcine earlier this year, added: “I feel like one of those people who’s just like actually, freedom day has just made me feel like staying in my house and hiding.

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“It just doesn’t feel safe and it feels as well like everyone I know seems to have Covid from going to a gathering or whatever.”

There are no longer restrictions on the amount of people allowed to gather at an indoor space and nightclubs can now reopen, while face coverings are no longer a legal requirement although the government has urged people to continue to mask-up when in busy indoor spaces.  

Boris Johnson has urged the public to be “cautious” following the lifting of restrictions.

With additional reporting by PA.

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