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Could London go into lockdown next? Officers visit pubs to exterminate the drinkers before the curfew


At 10 p.m., officials were spotted in London pubs trying to trick the drinkers after Westminster City "funny police" searched mailboxes for lock-ins.

They were pictured in a bar on Portobello Road in Notting Hill, West London, and kicked people out when the curfew began.

A man looked sad when he and friends protested in front of a policewoman in front of the upscale house.

Another picture showed an officer walking into a pub and talking to women who were not wearing face coverings when the new closing time had passed.

It comes after the capital was put on the coronavirus watchlist on Friday morning after a surge in infections.

In the meantime, council inspectors have been looking through mailboxes and windows to track down pubs and clubs that have been locked after the curfew.

At 10 p.m., officials were spotted in London pubs trying to trick the drinkers after Westminster City "funny police" searched mailboxes for lock-ins

Police officers walked down the street in Soho, London, to ensure bars and restaurants were closed in time for the curfew

Police officers were walking down the street in Soho, London, to ensure bars and restaurants were closed in time for the curfew

Restrictions currently in place across England prohibit venues from opening after 10 p.m. to help slow the spread of Covid-19 infections. In the picture people coming home from Soho in central London

Restrictions currently in place across England prohibit venues from opening after 10 p.m. to help slow the spread of Covid-19 infections. In the picture people coming home from Soho in central London

Westminster City Council officials were caught in the act looking into venues in typically busy Soho, London.

Restrictions currently in place across England prohibit venues from opening after 10 p.m. to help slow the spread of Covid-19 infections.

Ecommerce consultant Dan Barker spied on the inspectors in action and snapped photos that he uploaded to his Twitter feed.

He wrote, "Odd sight – city inspectors working through Soho looking for illegal speakeasies open after 10pm."

A man looked sad when he and friends protested in front of a policewoman in front of the upscale house

A man looked sad when he and friends protested in front of a policewoman in front of the upscale house

Police were pictured in a bar on Portobello Road in Notting Hill, West London, as the curfew began

Police were pictured in a bar on Portobello Road in Notting Hill, West London, as the curfew began

In the meantime, curious council inspectors have been peering through mailboxes and windows to track down pubs and clubs that are holding lock-in after the coronavirus curfew

In the meantime, curious council inspectors have been peering through mailboxes and windows to track down pubs and clubs that are holding lock-in after the coronavirus curfew

He later told Yahoo UK, “I think I've seen them go to a dozen places – there are quite a few pubs and bars in the area.

It took me a moment to process what they did first. I saw her again about 15 minutes later outside the hippodrome, which is usually open 24/7. «

It came when night owls going into town for a few drinks in the evening were evicted from pubs and restaurants when the country's first pub and restaurant curfew came at 10 p.m.

Chairs and tables were left empty after customers who were enjoying drinks with friends at outdoor tables in Soho, central London, were asked by hospitality workers to "get off to help" when the government curfew went into effect.

However, some asked if the best decision was to all race at the same time, as crowds would then gather on narrow streets.

One Twitter user wrote: “Part of me is wondering if the 10pm curfew was the right call. Now every single pub will kick their guests out at exactly the same time.

& # 39; That sounds dangerous !! Common sense people would go (or not go at all) at a different time, but still. & # 39;

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Metropolitan police officers, including Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick, enforced the new coronavirus restrictions when bar and restaurant staff cleared tables and chairs from the streets before 10 p.m.

Others enjoyed a drink in the pub beer gardens in London Bridge while for others the restrictions caused some cancellations as revelers feared their meals would be canceled.

However, bars and pubs have come up with an inventive new way to bypass the government curfew – opening hours earlier.

Music bars will open their doors as early as 3 p.m. on the weekend, and other venues have introduced unlimited beverage offers from 10 a.m.

People are leaving bars and restaurants at closing time in Soho, London, the day after pubs and restaurants were subject to a 10pm curfew

People are leaving bars and restaurants at closing time in Soho, London, the day after pubs and restaurants were subject to a 10pm curfew

The crowds flocked to the streets during closing time in Soho in central London on Friday night

The crowds flocked to the streets during closing time in Soho in central London on Friday night

A street cleaner is pictured at work outside bars in Soho, London, at work on Friday evening

A street cleaner is pictured at work outside bars in Soho, London, at work on Friday evening

People leave bars and restaurants in Soho, London on Friday night

People leave bars and restaurants in Soho, London on Friday night

It comes when, after a busy night in central London last night, many people were filmed on their way home when all the bars in the city closed at the same time as the curfew came.

The Popworld bars in York and Liverpool are open from 4pm on Fridays and 3pm on Saturdays. The bar also offers a 50 percent discount until 8 p.m.

The Caribbean restaurant Turtle Bay offers a bottomless brunch from 10 a.m. with unlimited cocktails and an extended happy hour until 8 p.m.

Who will pay for Rishi's £ 5 billion giveaway? Chancellor points to tax increases

Rishi Sunak hinted yesterday that tax hikes will be necessary to fund the coronavirus crisis after unveiling a new package of measures to keep the UK economy alive through the winter as economists estimated the latest handouts would cost $ 5 billion Could cost pounds.

The Chancellor announced his winter economic plan at lunchtime in the House of Commons as he put his hopes of avoiding massive job losses in the coming months on a wage subsidy system that will replace holidays.

With Mr. Sunak's employment promotion program, the government will increase the pay of those who can only work part-time in "viable jobs".

The multi-billion pound support package was also included Further VAT cuts for the hospitality and retail sectors, and the expansion of emergency loan programs for businesses in difficulty.

Economic research firm Capital Economics calculated that Mr Sunak's new business bailout could cost £ 5 billion, bringing the total cost of government Covid-19 support to potentially around £ 200 billion.

Mr Sunak was asked at a press conference on Downing Street this afternoon about how the UK is going to pay for the crisis and he signaled that tax hikes might be on the way as he said he will likely have to make tough decisions in the future We are coming on the way back to sustainability. "

Mr Sunak had previously told MPs that Britain "must endure and live with the uncertainty of the moment," which means "getting to know our new borders" – but he insisted,Your life can no longer be put on hold.

The closure of the government's vacation program in late October has sparked dire warnings of layoffs in the coming months, but the Treasury Department has now decided to focus its fiscal firepower on saving jobs that have a future rather than zombies that don't.

Mr Sunak said the UK must face "the compromises and tough choices that the coronavirus brings" and that "in reopening the economy it is fundamentally wrong to keep people in jobs that only exist while on vacation".

When the updated hours were announced on Twitter, "I think we just have to start a little earlier than Boris …"

Other facilities have also encouraged drinkers to start their night earlier and test drinks and dinners on social media.

The Source Bar at the University of Central Lancashire at Preston said, “Don't forget! New coronavirus restrictions mean we close at 10 p.m. every night.

"So get down early with your roommates to check out our dinner and drink deals!"

The Drapers Arms in Hackney, London, also called the drinkers.

"Our booking system will stay open until 9pm," it said last night. “Aside from everything else, we're still a pub and you're still welcome to come and have a drink.

“We have a couple of bottles that can only last 59 minutes. I also think if you come in and sit down and order a steak and a glass we can do that. & # 39;

On Thursday's first night of curfew, London's streets filled with hundreds of revelers as all of the city's bars emptied at the same time.

Kirsty Lewis, 24, of north west London shared a video of the moment people walked out of pubs and restaurants on Oxford Street, titled “10pm curfew” The busiest I've seen in central London in months .

She added, "I think most people were socially distant, or at least tried to get away from other groups – but as you can see in the video, this got a bit tricky and was a problem as they were all trying to push themselves on tubes.

“I know a lot of people were arguing about going back to their houses or apartments to have more drinks where they would normally have stayed later in the bars or restaurants.

“Also from the restaurant point of view, the owner of the place I went to seemed very upset that he had to kick people out … will obviously have limited his income.

"My friend and I actually went a few stops down to a subway station to avoid the main store. Then it wasn't too bad."

Health experts yesterday viewed reports of previous openings and cheap incentives as a "worrying development," suggesting that discounted drinks may affect judgment and lead to a reduction in social distancing.

Medical researcher Dr. Stephen Griffin told MailOnline, “I fully understand that businesses are struggling and that the hospitality industry has been hit hard. It is understandable that this policy may require venues to resort to these measures.

“Although table service can limit some interactions, it does not make much sense to enforce early closing times if opening the same number of people is visiting a particular facility.

“If cheap alcohol is also offered, it can impair judgment and lead to reduced compliance with social distancing.

“We need to remember that ventilation and the wearing of face coverings are key factors in preventing the transmission of Covid-19. These factors should all be taken into account by all of us when visiting restaurants – wearing a mask is obviously not an option while eating, drinking, perhaps diners should be asked to wear it while moving, e.g. B. when they come or go or go to the bathroom.

A man locks the doors in a bar in Soho, London on Friday night as curfew broke out

A man locks the doors of a bar in Soho, London on Friday night as the curfew broke out

"Outdoor seating is obviously the best solution given the rule of six, social distancing and good hygiene."

He added that he was struggling with the idea of ​​closing the venues at 10pm because "it is feared that it may just compress the hours of people socializing, making places busier or promoting earlier starts".

Dr. Griffin said, "I understand the intent was to prevent people from moving on to late-night venues, but that idea was later tarnished by ministers who suggested it was okay to mix up in private homes under the rule of six."

Professor Sir Ian Gilmore, Chair of the Alcohol Health Alliance UK, added: “When making decisions about how and where to socialize, it is important for each of us to remember that we are in a global pandemic and therefore our decisions should not be based on where to buy the cheapest beverage deals.

& # 39; The World Health Organization recommends limiting or avoiding alcohol during the pandemic to ensure our immune systems don't compromise.

"We must all continue to do our part to reduce the spread of coronavirus by avoiding crowded areas and maintaining social distancing."

Table service rule guidelines "Unclear and unfair," say hospitality owners

Cafe, restaurant and bar owners criticized the new table service rule as unclear and unfair.

The government announced that as of Thursday, "licensed space" in the hospitality industry will have to serve customers at tables to prevent them from gathering at checkouts and bars. This is part of the new coronavirus guidelines announced on Tuesday.

Cabinet Minister Dominic Raab suggested including fast food chains like McDonald & # 39; s.

Cafe owners have suggested that they not only work with table service, while other chains have stated that they do not respect the rules that apply to them.

Atkinsons Coffee Roasters, which owns several cafes in Lancashire, said the new table service rule shows that the government "does not understand or even recognize the coffeehouse sector."

A spokesman said the current system of queuing customers two meters apart while wearing face covering and having screens with cashless payments at their checkouts is already Covid-proof.

They said, “It's all about pubs and restaurants. We don't just need table service. We have already installed Covid-safe systems. & # 39;

A spokesman for Caffe Nero said it did not consider cafes as part of the table service rule, while Costa Coffee could not confirm whether it would serve customers at the checkouts or use table service.

Kate Nicholls, UK director of Hospitality Hospitality, said policy changes "daily" and inconsistencies between decentralized governments are creating confusion among hospitality executives.

She said, “We understand that fast food restaurants are exempt from the new rules, but there is certainly some level of confusion. Companies have been given next to no time to implement rules that have been introduced without consulting the industry and we are rushing to interpret them. These restrictions will have a huge impact. & # 39;

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