People queued for pubs and bars that opened at midnight on Monday specifically for the occasion.
Many others have been enjoying anticipated reunions and visits to the homes of relatives and friends.
Covid rules had banned household visits and travel beyond a 5km (3.1 miles) zone, separating many families.
But most restrictions have now been eased for fully vaccinated people.
People can now share meal together at reopened cafes and restaurants, and visit gyms and other shops. There were long queues for barbers, nail salons and beauticians on Monday.