Coronavirus Tier 2 boozers pack city centres across UK despite new lockdown rules

BRITS in tier two lockdown packed out city centre pubs and bars last night – despite new rules prohibiting households mixing indoors.

Revellers enjoyed big nights out in Leeds, London, Manchester and Birmingham, where nightspots remain open, but strict laws are in operation.

Brits headed for a night on the town last night – despite strict new tier two restrictions

London went into the second tier at midnight on Friday – but yesterday, thousands congregated on the streets of Soho after the 10pm curfew

Revellers in Leeds, which could be faced with tier three rules – meaning pubs and bars would close
After the curfew, many queued for more drinks to continue the party at home
Around half of people living in England are now facing strict new measures under the three-tier scheme

Friends sink their last pint on the streets of Leeds after closing time

One girl gave up on her high heels and hitched a lift home after a night in Leeds, which could be heading into tier three

Under tier two, people aren’t allowed to mix with friends or family from other households indoors.

One in two people across England are now banned from casual sex or meeting friends for a pint due to the scale of the restrictions, which cover areas as far south as London and as far north as Northumberland.

But the strict conditions didn’t appear to have stopped many who hit the town in big groups last night for a drink.

In Manchester, young party-goers walked between pubs in groups to make the most of what could be their last night out of 2020.

Boris Johnson has threatened to force the area into tier three – meaning nightspots would be forced to close.

But he’s faced a battle from local leaders, including Manchester mayor Andy Burnham – hailed the ‘King in the North’ by Game of Thrones fans on Twitter.

The politicians are expected to have further discussions about the situation this morning after the PM used his national address on Friday evening to hit out at Mr Burnham.

It’s believed Mr Johnson could send Greater Manchester into the third tier as early as tomorrow – leading young Mancunians to make the most of their evening.

After the 10pm curfew, many queued outside supermarkets and shops, leaving with their arms full of bottles so they could continue their evening.

Cases per 100,000 people in Manchester have dropped this week, from 558.0 to 473.0.

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One of the busiest city centres was Manchester, as revellers make the most of what could be the last night out of the year
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Young people enjoyed their night after Boris Johnson threatened to send Manchester into tier three
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After pubs shut, many headed to supermarkets to buy more beer
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It all got too much for one girl, who was seen resting her face on her hand as she waited outside Tesco
Manchester’s mayor Andy Burnham is battling the PM over plans for tighter laws

Friends in Manchester launched into song as the curfew approached last night

The most recent stats show 2,615 new cases were recorded.

Nottingham continues to have the highest rate in England, with 3,070 new cases recorded in the seven days to October 11 – the equivalent of 922.2 cases per 100,000 people.

In London, where cases are surging, thousands of people gathered on the streets after venues closed at 10pm.

The city is now in tougher measures after mayor Sadiq Khan pushed for more lockdown laws – but despite that, it’s the second night in a row that huge groups have met and chatted outside in Soho.

On Friday – hours before nine million people living in the city were plunged into tier two – crowds filled the street, leading to clashes with cops.

 Deputy Assistant Commissioner Matt Twist, the Met’s lead for the Covid-19 crisis, told the Evening Standard: “Frustratingly, we have seen a small number of dangerous and reckless breaches of the regulations and as the alert level in London increases, we are adopting our policing approach. 

“Communities across London can therefore expect to see an increase in our efforts to deal with the most deliberate, harmful and flagrant breaches of regulations.”

With the exception of Richmond of Thames, nine out of 10 boroughs with the highest coronavirus rates are north of the Thames.

Ealing has the highest rate in London at 136.9 cases per 100,000 people.

In London, hundreds of people gathered on the streets after bars closed for the second night in a row

Boris Johnson has faced huge criticism over the 10pm curfew

This group of friends walked through the streets after curfew

In Birmingham, buskers set up huge PA systems to draw the crowds

People who may have been drinking within household groups gathered to dance in the street after 10pm

Friends head home after a night out together

Richmond follows, with a rate of 133.3, while Hackney and the City of London both have 124.8.

Other areas in the top ten are Redbridge, Harrow, Haringey, Barnet and Hammersmith and Fulham.

Meanwhile, in Leeds – which is also teetering on the brink of tier three – party-goers gathered outside after curfew closed bars to carry on downing drinks.

One man held a box of beer aloft as people crowded round him, while a group of girls danced in the street after kicking-out time.

It comes as Yorkshire recorded another 2,000 positive coronavirus tests in a week.

There were also a further 10 deaths from Covid-19, in York, Bradford, Barnsley, Mid Yorkshire, Doncaster and Huddersfield. 

And in Birmingham, enterprising buskers set up PA systems to attract crowds heading home for the night.

As loud grime and reggae music played, people who might have been out with just members of their own households grouped together to dance with each other.

Another 17 deaths were recorded across Birmingham and the Midlands in the most recent figures.

The PM has so far refused to bow to pressure for a short national ‘circuit-breaker’ lockdown.

But he’s facing growing calls from all sides.

Yesterday, former health secretary Jeremy Hunt indicated that he backs a national shutdown.

The Tory MP said: “I’ve always thought that it’s better to do things quickly and decisively than to wait until the virus has grown, so I have a lot of sympathy with that.’”

He backed Government scientific adviser Sir John Bell, who said he sees “very little way of getting on top of this without some kind of a circuit-breaker, because the numbers are actually pretty eye-watering”.

Yesterday, another 150 deaths were recorded across the UK – the highest total since June 3.

Another 150 deaths were recorded yesterday – the highest total since June
Around half of Brits are now faced with tougher lockdowns
Greater Manchester is facing a surge in coronavirus infections
Manchester’s mayor is battling No10 over plans to send the area into tier three