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Coronavirus UK: Sheffield drinkers in droves as South Yorkshire dips into Tier 3


Numerous drunken revelers flooded the streets of Sheffield to have one last drink in the northern town last night when South Yorkshire was forced into Tier 3 lockdown at midnight.

Around 7.3 million people are subject to the strictest Covid-19 restrictions, including 1.6 million people in Liverpool, 2.8 million in Greater Manchester, 1.5 million in Lancashire and 1.4 million in South Yorkshire.

Social mixing is prohibited in Tier 3 areas, both indoors and in private gardens, while pubs and bars must close unless they can be operated as a restaurant. The rule of six applies in some outdoor areas such as parks.

Local guides are helping the government decide whether to close other venues like gyms – with the rules so far varying between areas. Up to 15 guests are allowed at weddings and 30 people can attend funerals.

Health officials imposed draconian restrictions on movement and business in a desperate attempt to suppress Covid-19 after the UK registered more than 20,000 new cases of the virus.

In the meantime, talks between the government and local leaders in Nottinghamshire continued. Parts of the county are expected to enter Tier 3 on Wednesday. And Warrington, Cheshire, where many residents commute to Manchester and Liverpool, have confirmed it will move to Tier 3 on Thursday.

Three other areas – Coventry, Stoke and Slough – have also now moved to Tier 2, the second highest level of alert.

In other coronavirus developments:

  • Wales was put on a two-week "fire breaker" ban last night as police stepped up border patrols.
  • Britain recorded 20,530 more coronavirus cases and 224 deaths when SAGE said the R-rate had dropped;
  • SAGE documents show that only one in ten stays home two weeks after being asked to self-isolate.
  • Nicola Sturgeon said Scotland would switch to a new five-tier system of Covid-19 restrictions on November 2nd.
  • Downing Street said families should gather for Christmas while a minister warned it won't be "normal";
  • Papers submitted to government claim Covid-19 is mutating, London sees no spike in some cases and patients die faster in second wave than first;
  • New data showed that almost half of local authorities in England saw a drop in coronavirus infections last week.
  • Experts claimed Britain could never eradicate Covid-19 even if it banned all international travel to the nation.
  • Police stop drivers at the Irish border to see if they can travel when bans are in place.
  • Fake coronavirus marshals pretended to be looking for rule violations and stealing from home.

A group of female revelers went out in Sheffield last night before South Yorkshire was slammed into Tier 3 lockdown

Groups of friends got together to enjoy a drink in Sheffield city center before the area fell into Tier 3 lockdown

Groups of friends met to enjoy a drink in Sheffield city center before the area went into Tier 3 lockdown

The night owls gathered outside the Tiger Works cocktail bar in Sheffield city center before Tier 3 restrictions were imposed

The night owls gathered outside the Tiger Works cocktail bar in Sheffield city center before Tier 3 restrictions were imposed

A group of female revelers wearing face masks while drunk fell to the ground in Sheffield before the city was plunged into Tier 3

A group of female revelers wearing face masks while drunk fell to the ground in Sheffield before the city was plunged into Tier 3

Groups of young people in face masks gathered on the streets of Sheffield before the city was plunged into Tier 3

Groups of young people in face masks gathered on the streets of Sheffield before the city was plunged into Tier 3

A group of friends enjoyed drinks in Sheffield city center before South Yorkshire was placed under Tier 3 Covid-19 lockdown

A group of friends enjoyed drinks in Sheffield city center before South Yorkshire was placed under Tier 3 Covid-19 lockdown

Female revelers sat on the street in Sheffield city center before the Level 3 lockdown at midnight

Female revelers sat on the street in Sheffield city center before the Level 3 lockdown at midnight

The UK recorded 20,530 more coronavirus cases and 224 deaths when SAGE said the R-rate had dropped

The UK recorded 20,530 more coronavirus cases and 224 deaths when SAGE said the R-rate had dropped

Pub and restaurant managers in areas of England that have entered Tier 3 lockdown have attacked the government, claiming the hospitality industry is being "thrown under a bus" and should be kept open.

Cars and trucks head into Wales as three police officers claim they are patrolling the border while the country is cordoned off and Prime Minister Mark Drakeford bans the sale of "nonessential" items in supermarkets

Police revealed extraordinary plans to patrol the Anglo-Welsh border to prevent families from crossing for a half-time vacation while Wales is caught in a two-week "fire break" lockdown.

Drivers have been seen crossing the border on the A494 in Queensferry and on the A5445 between Chester and Wrexham in a breach of the new Covid-19 restrictions preventing motorists from crossing the 160 mile limit.

Officials will prevent caravans from sneaking into England from Wales and deter Welsh motorists from defying First Minister Mark Drakeford's "power-mad" orders to make "non-essential" trips.

Gloucestershire Police announced an operation covering stretches from Wales into the Forest of Dean where officials will prevent motorists from traveling to England to find out what they are doing.

Drivers will be asked to turn around and return to Wales if officials "are not satisfied with their explanation," a spokesman said. If they refuse, the police will notify the armed forces in Wales so they can issue a fine.

The First Minister has threatened to use license plate recognition cameras to penalize English drivers entering his country and announced that he will be banned from entering English regions with high numbers of Covid-19 cases.

However, the Police Federation of England and Wales has stated that the ban is "unenforceable" and added that the measure would make policing "already overburdened due to the pandemic" more difficult.

Some Greater Manchester bar owners who entered Tier 3 at 0.01am on Friday said they were in a hurry to find a grocer to avoid having to close while others said they had no choice but to than to close.

And a Sheffield landlady who is of the highest caliber shared how she is "devastated" by the new restrictions being placed on her industry.

Louise Singleton, landlord at Kelham Island Tavern in Sheffield, said she felt the hospitality industry was being "thrown under a bus" and "used as a scapegoat" while other industries were allowed to remain open.

Ms. Singleton, whose pub is the only one in the UK to have been campaigned for Real Ale's National Pub of the Year for two years in a row, said: “It's really quite appalling, my first reaction is just panic.

"We still don't know any information. We just browse what has become available online to see what support is available to us, look at our inventory, see what we can do, what we can get through."

She added, “It's very exhausting. I'm devastated today because I feel like I just admit one failure as a business. & # 39;

The landlady, who said she is losing hundreds of pounds every week, said the pubs needed more information about what the restrictions mean and what support is available.

She said, “Give us clear guidelines and communicate. The hardest thing for us is the lack of communication. We have to make decisions with little or no information. We need someone who actually comes and speaks to us. & # 39;

Ms. Singleton, who has run the award-winning pub with partner Josh Jepson since 2018, said she doesn't think a large number of coronavirus cases will be transmitted through the hospitality industry.

She said, “The test and trail showed that such a small percentage of cases come through pubs that we are being used as scapegoats.

“It's the simple answer, isn't it? Just turn them off and it will look like they're doing something.

"Industries like supermarkets will be protected and we will be thrown under the bus."

She said her main concern is the well-being of her seven employees and the pub closure is having a big impact on her individual customers.

She said, “This is the heartbreaking side. People who live alone and we are their lifeline, they will feel it.

"We're not just a pub selling alcohol, we're a community that cares for one another."

South Yorkshire will be the youngest region to be subject to Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions as Boris Johnson came under renewed pressure to increase financial support for areas under the toughest of conditions.

The region will receive a £ 41 million funding package, but Sheffield City Council Chair Julie Dore asked Ministers to "do the right thing" and offer additional support to all Tier 3 areas.

Female revelers posed for photos in Sheffield city center before the area went into Tier 3 lockdown

Female revelers posed for photos in Sheffield city center before the area went into Tier 3 lockdown

Revelers in costume went out in Sheffield before the city was locked into Tier 3 at midnight

Revelers in costume went out in Sheffield before the city was locked into Tier 3 at midnight

A group of male revelers caught on the streets of Sheffield by a police car before the Level 3 lockdown went into effect

A group of male revelers posed by a police car on the streets of Sheffield ahead of the Tier 3 lockdown

Female revelers fell drunk on the streets of Sheffield before the region was put into Tier 3 lockdown

Female revelers fell drunk on the streets of Sheffield before the region was put into Tier 3 lockdown

The revelers gathered on the streets of Sheffield to see a definitive breakout before level 3 restrictions went into effect at midnight

The revelers gathered on the streets of Sheffield to see a final breakout before the Level 3 restrictions went into effect at midnight

A female revelers celebrate with arms outstretched in central Sheffield before Tier 3 restrictions go into effect

A night owl celebrates with arms outstretched in central Sheffield before Tier 3 restrictions go into effect

The deal with South Yorkshire comes after bitter disputes over money with Greater Manchester resulted in Whitehall imposing the highest restrictions without an agreement.

The bacteriologist says the restaurant and pub closings in Scotland and Wales are NOT backed by "solid evidence".

The closings of pubs and restaurants in Scotland and Wales are not backed by "solid evidence", according to a top researcher.

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today unveiled her country's new tiered lockdown approach, while Wales started a 17-day “fire protection” at 6pm tonight.

The rules mean that the shutters come down on many sections of the main street in both countries. However, Hugh Pennington, a professor of bacteriology at the University of Aberdeen, said he was frustrated with the lack of information being used to aid the closure.

It comes after hospitality groups have signaled their intention to take legal action against the government.

The Scottish Beer and Pub Association, Scottish Licensed Trade Association, UK Hospitality (Scotland), Scottish Hospitality Group and Night Time Industries Association Scotland are pursuing action.

They said there was "no solid evidence" of the closings of bars and restaurants that were extended for another week in the Central Belt yesterday.

Prof. Pennington said he understood the hotel groups' decision to take legal action.

He said, “I can see where they are from.

“I can see why you want to see more data.

“I think those of us who are not involved in the government machine would like to see this data.

“I was quite frustrated with the lack of information about outbreaks and the evidence used.

“What the hospitality industry wants to see is the evidence that drives politics.

“There's evidence from the international scene, we know there have been outbreaks in pubs and of course there was the Aberdeen outbreak.

“But what I haven't seen, and what the hotel industry will be very happy to see, is whether there has been a detailed study of an outbreak.

“You can do pretty sophisticated analysis pretty quickly, and I haven't seen that data.

"And if there is evidence, the hospitality industry can accept it. That is why you are so dependent on us."

Companies in downtown Manchester are rushing to make plans for Tier 3 restrictions starting Friday.

Some choose to fight, while others choose to close in order to secure their future.

Veronica Bartakovicova, 32, is the deputy general manager of the Cane and Grain Pub. She told MailOnline: & # 39; It was inevitable that Manchester would move up to the third tier.

“Of course the hotel industry is being blamed, but I think it's unfair and I think we should have a full lockdown for two weeks or even a month.

“Personally, I don't think partially closing hospitality will help. Around 80 percent of our business income comes from alcohol. We serve food, but it's mostly alcohol.

“It will be interesting to see how people adapt to this situation. To have a drink you have to eat something and people will not eat in every bar.

“They'll stay in the same place, so we have to make sure our bar is that one place. We have a late license and many of our customers are night drinkers.

“We'll try to stay open, but it all depends on the numbers that run out. We tried to make the experience as comfortable and enjoyable as possible for everyone. & # 39;

Toni Klass, 28, is the General Manager of Fierce Beer. She said, & # 39; It's very frustrating. We are now rushing to find a grocer who will come in and work or we just can't stay open.

& # 39; We have only been open for seven weeks and have trained a full team in Covid measures just to open and then this happens. We'll have to wait and see what happens.

“We had to reduce working hours and I had a little scream yesterday because I didn't know how to tell our employees. The reduction in visitor numbers will be massive despite having a take away license to sell alcohol. & # 39;

Shannon Benham, 25, Associate General Manager, said, “We will be fortunate to have a fully functional kitchen upstairs if we can find a grocer. Not sure if after work people will be coming to town when the bars close at 10pm.

“If they finish work at 5pm and don't get off until after 6pm, people will avoid the city and stay there. We saw a massive drop on Friday.

“Our employees are hardest hit because their working hours have been reduced. My boyfriend and I have to move back in with his mother because when I go on vacation we can't afford the rent.

It came as a Wales started a two-week national "ceasefire" last night when the "power-mad" First Minister Mark Drakeford issued a "stay at home" order, banning the sale of "non-essential items" and closing the Anglo-Welsh border.

In Scotland, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has set out a five-step series of controls that will come into effect on November 2nd when approved by Holyrood Parliament next week.

In England, ministers have announced that they hope the latest measures will suppress the virus enough for families to spend Christmas together.

Some scientists advising the government remain extremely skeptical, warning that much tighter controls will be needed to get the situation under control and prevent further deaths.

A group of night owls gathered on the streets of Sheffield at a Nando restaurant before the Level 3 lockdown went into effect

A group of night owls gathered on the streets of Sheffield at a Nando restaurant before the Level 3 lockdown went into effect

Groups of young people enjoyed one final night on the town in Sheffield before South Yorkshire was plunged into Tier 3

Groups of young people enjoyed one final night on the town in Sheffield before South Yorkshire was plunged into Tier 3

Groups of friends met to enjoy a drink in Sheffield city center before the area went into Tier 3 lockdown

Groups of friends met to enjoy a drink in Sheffield city center before the area went into Tier 3 lockdown

Female revelers fell drunk on the streets of Sheffield before the region was put into Tier 3 lockdown

Female revelers fell drunk on the streets of Sheffield before the region was put into Tier 3 lockdown

Female revelers party on the streets of Sheffield before Tier 3 Covid-19 restrictions go into effect from midnight

Female revelers party on the streets of Sheffield before Tier 3 Covid-19 restrictions go into effect from midnight

The SAGE files: Papers presented to the government claim Covid-19 is mutating, London does not see an increase in some cases and patients die faster in the second wave than in the first

Scientific advisors have been warned that the coronavirus could become mutated and more contagious, according to SAGE articles published today.

NERVTAG (New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group) said the UK is unable to study these mutations in depth and whether they are harmful.

It is one of several papers released today by the government that provides some insight into how scientists are managing the pandemic.

The idea was explored in a scientific report submitted to the Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies (SAGE), which then submits the results to the government for information on health policy.

Another document shows, as scientists have found, that London has so far avoided a “second wave” of the magnitude that happens in other major English cities such as Liverpool and Manchester.

Experts speculate that this is due to the fact that a larger part of the capital's population has immunity to the coronavirus after it was already there, compared to the northwest, which did not have infections as high as London in the first wave.

Data shows that Covid-19 patients die faster in hospital than the first time – an average of one week instead of two. This may be because treatment has improved, and therefore doctors can save the lives of people who are not as sick and usually take longer to die, which increases the average time.

The latest figures suggest that the number of new daily cases across England has doubled in 14 days – although scientists said the rate of the virus' spread may be slowing.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) Infection Survey estimated that an average of 35,200 new cases of Covid-19 per day occurred in the English community between October 10 and 16.

That was 26 percent more than an estimated 27,900 new cases per day for the October 2-8 period and a little more than double the 17,200 new cases per day from September 25 to October 1.

The Emergency Scientific Advisory Group (Sage) said the reproductive number, or R-value, had dropped to 1.2 to 1.4 for the UK as a whole. Last week it was between 1.3 and 1.5.

Another 224 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 on Friday, while there were another 20,530 laboratory-confirmed cases in the UK as of 9 a.m.

Before South Yorkshire entered Tier 3, Sheffield City Mayor Dan Jarvis admitted that many people would find the stricter return rules "deeply frustrating" and fear for their futures and livelihoods.

However, in an open letter to residents, he said the tougher measures were necessary as infection rates continued to rise.

"The scientific advice is that you can help. We still have a difficult way to go, but a light is shining at the end of the tunnel," he said.

"These constraints will help us get there sooner and at a lower cost."

Meanwhile, Labor has claimed that nearly half a million self-employed people will only have two-fifths of their normal income under the government's latest financial support package.

The party said the average self-employed person working in the arts or hospitality sectors will only receive £ 450 a month through the program this winter – half the amount they received monthly during the initial lockdown.

Shadow Business Secretary Ed Miliband said: "The promise to do everything possible to protect workers is a distant memory.

"Despite tightening public health restrictions and closing many sectors, ministers are failing the self-employed."

The Treasury Department said the government had given £ 13 billion in grants to the self-employed, while the expanded support plan unveiled Thursday by Chancellor Rishi Sunak meant Britain's support was "among the most generous in the world".

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