Hospitality across the Portsmouth area saw a return to near normality on May 17 - with cinemas, bowling alleys and Fratton Park (partly) reopening.
Tony Wingfield, landlord at Southsea’s Raven pub in Bedford Street, finally had people to serve after being shut throughout the lockdown.
He told The News he’d ‘missed them terribly’ and was delighted to be back at the beer pumps.
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Regained freedoms were promised by the prime minister on the back of the vaccine programme.
Younger people were thought to believe they could not get seriously ill with Covid, the city’s public health director said.
We spoke with members of the vaccinated older generation who in turn sent a powerful message to the younger generations to get the jab.
And in our duty to report the news as it happens, we covered how two people separately suffered extremely rare reactions to Covid jabs leaving them in a critical condition.
Kirsty Hext, 25, from West Leigh, was left in hospital after suffering an anaphylactic shock following being given the Pifizer jab.
Jamie Roe, 28, from Stubbington suffered a two-minute seizure after being given an AstraZeneca shot.
Both praised the NHS for saving their lives and said the benefits of the jab outweighed their awful experiences.
Despite the mid-month easing of rules, restrictions remained in place to protect against the virus - but as throughout the pandemic, life continued.
People once again had power in their hands as council elections were held on May 6.
His long-time Tory opponent Donna Jones left the Civic Offices for pastures new having been elected as the police and crime commissioner for Hampshire.
We also told you how Jenna Neale was battling for an ADHD diagnosis for her six-year-old son Ralphy, who has high functioning autism.
The West Leigh mum spoke out to highlight the difficulties in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service.
It was a brave step for her and Ralphy to go public - they drew attention to the embattled service, which still to this day has long waiting times.
In the middle of the month, two VIP visitors graced Portsmouth in just as many days.
The Royal Navy flagship had returned to Portsmouth on May 19 - after leaving on May 1 for a two-week exercise - for supplies ahead of her seven-month deployment.
Prime minister Boris Johnson was pictured two days later on May 21 looking windswept as he stalked the deck of the carrier with Penny Mordaunt, Portsmouth North MP, and defence secretary Ben Wallace.
A day later the Queen's helicopter was spotted above the naval base - the first tip in the tightly-held secret she was due to visit ahead of the Carrier Strike Group deployment.
Morgan, 20, said it was an 'amazing opportunity' to meet the Queen while his dad Paul said she had a 'cheeky smile' when asking them about how they work together.