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Drinkers visit bars and pubs across the country for another weekend of freedom


Drinkers flocked to pubs and bars across the UK for a final weekend of freedom last night before the government’s tough new “rule of six” goes into effect next week.

On Friday night owls gathered en masse in busy beer gardens in London, Manchester and Nottingham before the lockdown rules in Great Britain were tightened from Monday.

Under Boris Johnson's harsh new measures, groups of more than six people can be broken up by the police who will be able to hand out £ 100 fines to those who break the rules. This doubles for each repeat offense, up to £ 3,200.

The only exceptions are schools, workplaces and a limited number of other locations.

The latest measure to combat the spread of the coronavirus was suggested yesterday in a government-conducted study that suggested the reproduction rate in England could be as high as 1.7.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the surge in infections justified the government's new "rule of six" and warned people "the pandemic is not over".

With hundreds of Britons enjoying a final weekend of freedom, police chiefs urged people to watch out for each other and avoid a "party weekend" before the restrictions are implemented.

On Friday, the night owls rushed in their crowds to the busy beer gardens in London, Manchester and Nottingham before the lockdown rules across the UK were tightened from Monday. Pictured: Southbank in London

Four girls pose for a selfie as they head to downtown Manchester for a final weekend of freedom before the "Rule of Six" kicks in on Monday

Four girls pose for a selfie as they head to downtown Manchester for a final weekend of freedom before the "Rule of Six" kicks in on Monday

You can see people heading out for one final night before new coronavirus rules go into effect on Monday. Pictured: Revelers in Nottingham on Friday

You can see people heading out for one final night before new coronavirus rules go into effect on Monday. Pictured: Revelers in Nottingham on Friday

John Apter, National Police Federation Chairman of England and Wales, said: “There is a real risk that some members of the public will take advantage of the current situation and treat this weekend as a party weekend before tighter restrictions are put in place Monday.

“Alcohol and warm weather are not a good combination at best. Using the current situation as an opportunity and excuse to have a party would be incredibly irresponsible and put pressure not only on the police but possibly also on ambulance and the NHS.

“We are hit by a deadly pandemic and have seen more and more cases in recent weeks. The police are under pressure like never before, but my colleagues will issue writ of execution when they deem it appropriate and we do not apologize. & # 39;

Elsewhere, budding night owls have been encouraged to stay home as Birmingham became the newest city to be affected by localized lockdown rules after the number of coronavirus patients admitted to hospitals doubled in a week.

As of Tuesday, more than 1.5 million people in Birmingham and neighboring Solihull and Sandwell will be banned from mingling with anyone outside their own household in private homes, pubs, restaurants or gardens.

Yesterday, police officers told the Telegraph they fear the UK will resemble "Rome's last days" after this weekend amid a storm of decadent pre-lockdown parties planned.

An official from the north east of England said: “We are concerned that this weekend will be like the last days of Rome.

People gather at More London Place near London Bridge in London for another weekend of freedom before the government enforces its new rule of six starting Monday

People gather at More London Place near London Bridge in London for another weekend of freedom before the government enforces its new rule of six starting Monday

People gather outside the Shipwrights Arms near London Bridge on Friday for a final weekend of freedom before the new rules take effect

People gather outside the Shipwrights Arms near London Bridge on Friday for a final weekend of freedom before the new rules take effect

Under Boris Johnson's harsh new measures, groups of more than six people can be broken up by the police who will be able to hand out £ 100 fines to those who break the rules. This doubles for each repeat offense, up to £ 3,200. Pictured: London Bridge

Under Boris Johnson's harsh new measures, groups of more than six people can be broken up by the police who will be able to hand out £ 100 fines to those who break the rules. This doubles for each repeat offense, up to £ 3,200. Pictured: London Bridge

The British have promised to get excited and get on their knees with friends one last time before Boris Johnson's tough new coronavirus restrictions come into effect on Monday

The British have promised to get excited and get on their knees with friends one last time before Boris Johnson's tough new coronavirus restrictions come into effect on Monday

The average number of people who tested positive for the coronavirus for seven days has soared, rising from 860 on August 10 to more than 2,000 this week

The average number of people who tested positive for the coronavirus for seven days has soared, rising from 860 on August 10 to more than 2,000 this week

"If people think they can't go out and have fun for the next few months, they'll go crazy and we'll pick the pieces up."

The British have promised to get upset and kneel with friends one last time before Mr Johnson's strict new coronavirus restrictions come into effect.

Many have to cancel parties after warning of a rapid surge in infections among people between the ages of 20 and 30 – but fears have grown that some will use the weekend as an opportunity to go wild despite the ongoing pandemic.

A senior official said they were not sure police had the resources to face the challenge of the thousands of people ignoring the restrictions this weekend.

Brian Booth, chairman of the West Yorkshire Police Federation, added that officers are "back to the mundane things like dealing with stab wounds, shootings, drug dealers, missing people, etc."

"If we are asked to focus on enforcement, there has to be something else," he said.

The government's new "rule of six" will be rolled out on Monday amid fears that coronavirus infections in England could double every week, with the reproductive R-rate at 1.7.

Mr Hancock yesterday insisted that the increased infection rate justified the government's recent restriction and warned people that the pandemic was not over yet.

As hundreds of Britons enjoyed a final weekend of freedom on Friday, police chiefs urged people to watch out for each other and avoid a "party weekend" before the restrictions are implemented. Pictured: Revelers in Nottingham

As hundreds of Britons enjoyed a final weekend of freedom on Friday, police chiefs urged people to watch out for each other and avoid a "party weekend" before the restrictions are implemented. Pictured: Revelers in Nottingham

Yesterday officials told the Telegraph they fear the UK will resemble "Rome's last days" after this weekend amid a storm of decadent pre-lockdown parties planned

Yesterday officials told the Telegraph they fear the UK will resemble "Rome's last days" after this weekend amid a storm of decadent pre-lockdown parties planned

People gather at Southbank Skatepark in Waterloo, London, ahead of the new rules that ban groups of more than six people

People gather at Southbank Skatepark in Waterloo, London, ahead of the new rules that ban groups of more than six people

The latest move to fight the spread of coronavirus was carried out yesterday in a government-conducted study that indicated that the UK's reproductive rate could be as high as 1.7. Pictured: Southbank on Friday

The latest move to fight the spread of coronavirus was carried out yesterday in a government-conducted study that indicated that the UK's reproductive rate could be as high as 1.7. Pictured: Southbank on Friday

Experts who dabbed tens of thousands of people during the crisis in England found that an estimated 13 per 10,000 people were infected between August 22 and September 7, compared with four per 10,000 people between July 24 and December 11 August.

The scientists behind a REACT-1 study from Imperial College London said the results showed that the size of the epidemic doubles every seven to eight days. In comparison, Covid-19 infections doubled every three days at the beginning of the crisis.

The Ministry of Health confirmed on Friday that an additional 3,539 people were diagnosed with the coronavirus and six other people have died. The new diagnoses are the highest since May 17th.

And data from the Office of National Statistics suggests that 3,200 people get sick every day in England and Wales – a 45 percent increase from last week's forecast of 2,200.

The number of people who test positive may be higher because they weren't all tested on the same day and the test results take some time to process, which means they're not evenly distributed.

Hundreds of people enjoyed a Friday night on the town in the pubs and bars of Guildhall Walk in Portsmouth, Hampshire

Hundreds of people enjoyed a Friday night on the town in the pubs and bars of Guildhall Walk in Portsmouth, Hampshire

A group of girls gather on the street in Portsmouth for a late night takeout meal before the 'Rule of Six' goes into effect

A group of girls gather on the street in Portsmouth for a late night takeout meal before the 'Rule of Six' goes into effect

Elsewhere in town, dozens of night owls stood close together as they waited to enter a busy club on Friday

Elsewhere in town, dozens of night owls stood close together as they waited to enter a busy club on Friday

The Imperial results were released as the government prepared to introduce the new "Rule of Six" restriction on social gatherings starting Monday, which bans groups of seven or more from meeting indoors and outdoors.

Mr Hancock said on Friday, “The pandemic is not over yet and everyone has a role to play.

"It's so important that everyone obey the law and socialize in groups of up to six people, make space between you and those outside your household, get a test, and isolate themselves if you develop symptoms and your hands regularly to wash."

Mr Johnson hopes the rule will help bring the virus back under control, but there is a growing Tory backlash because while children are tax exempt in Scotland and Wales, they are restricted in England like critics many family gatherings argue impossible.

Senior conservatives have called the rule "utterly grotesque" and have accused the government of an unacceptable attack on personal liberty and liberty. You have also criticized the ministers for getting the measure through without debate or vote in parliament.

The rule was agreed at a meeting of the government's coronavirus strategy committee earlier this week, but a number of senior ministers opposed it.

People in Manchester are sitting outside before new coronavirus rules are rolled out on Monday

People in Manchester are sitting outside before new coronavirus rules are rolled out on Monday

Others in town gathered near a wine bar while enjoying a night out with friends

Others in town gathered near a wine bar while enjoying a night out with friends

A group of women make their way to Manchester before the new rules go into effect on Monday

A group of women make their way to Manchester before the new rules go into effect on Monday

In other places in Manchester, groups were sitting together enjoying a beer outside a city center bar last night

In other places in Manchester, groups were sitting together enjoying a beer outside a city center bar last night

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the surge in infections justified the government's new rule of six, warning people that "the pandemic is not over". Pictured: Manchester

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the surge in infections justified the government's new rule of six, warning people that "the pandemic is not over". Pictured: Manchester

When Mr Johnson announced the tightening of restrictions at a # 10 briefing on Wednesday, Mr Johnson suggested that the "rule of six" on the number of people who can socialize continues for some time after the party ends the younger generation had triggered a sharp increase.

Aside from a vaccine, he said the only other way out before Christmas would be a "moon shot" of introducing daily mass testing for everyone, but admitted that "it all has to come together".

The Prime Minister said infection rates among 17 to 18 year olds and 19 to 21 year olds had increased "very sharply" since mid-August.

In a direct appeal to young people, Mr Johnson said that they should consider their behavior "for the good of your parents" and the health of your grandparents.

The limit is a dramatic reduction from the July 4th maximum of 30.

It is because Birmingham became the newest city to be hit by new draconian lockdown rules yesterday after the number of coronavirus patients admitted to hospitals in the city doubled in a week.

As of Tuesday, more than 1.5 million people in Birmingham and neighboring Solihull and Sandwell will be banned from mingling with anyone outside their own household in private homes, pubs, restaurants or gardens.

The Prime Minister said infection rates among 17 to 18 year olds and 19 to 21 year olds had increased "very sharply" since mid-August. Pictured: Nottingham last night

The Prime Minister said infection rates among 17 to 18 year olds and 19 to 21 year olds had increased "very sharply" since mid-August. Pictured: Nottingham last night

As of Monday, it will be illegal to gather in groups of seven or more across England, indoors or outdoors. Pictured: Manchester

As of Monday, it will be illegal to gather in groups of seven or more across England, indoors or outdoors. Pictured: Manchester

The move follows two days of crunch talks between the government and local health leaders after the 7-day infection rate in Birmingham rose to 78 cases per 100,000.

It's difficult to compare the current case rate in Birmingham now to what it was at the height of the pandemic due to the lack of comprehensive testing during the first wave – meaning thousands of cases were overlooked and never appeared in the data.

As of Tuesday, more than a million people in Birmingham will be banned from mingling with anyone outside their own household. The rules also apply to 500,000 people in neighboring Solihull and Sandwell, where infections have risen suddenly and significantly

As of Tuesday, more than a million people in Birmingham will be banned from mingling with anyone outside their own household. The rules also apply to 500,000 people in neighboring Solihull and Sandwell, where infections have risen suddenly and significantly

Dr. David Rosser, executive director of the NHS Trust of University Hospitals in Birmingham, said hospitals in his city see twice as many patients as they did last week. He warned that the virus was on an "exponential curve" in the city and that the number of visitors would double again in seven days.

Seven people are struggling for their lives in intensive care with the disease and 68 are on wards at the NHS hospitals of Queen Elizabeth and Heartlands, according to local reports. And more than 800 people tested positive for the virus in the past week, meaning many could be just days away from needing hospital care.

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street announced the rules in the West Midlands this afternoon, saying, “The following areas are now escalating into an area of ​​national intervention, with a ban on contact with anyone outside their own household.

"The ban will go into effect on Tuesday September 15th. However, residents are advised to avoid household mixing until then as it has been identified as one of the drivers of the transmission." He added the bans for all of Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull.

'This decision was made in collaboration with local executives who are considering additional local measures to combat the increase in the number of cases. To emphasize, this is about shuffling between households, it's not about preventing schools, jobs, transportation or any other option – it's about shuffling between households. & # 39;

Birmingham City Council chair Ian Ward said the number of new infections at social gatherings and in private homes has risen sharply – as has happened in other hotspots such as Bolton, Leicester and parts of Scotland, Wales and North West England.

A man tries to take his friend away when he speaks to a police officer on the streets of Cardiff on Friday night

A man tries to take his friend away when he speaks to a police officer on the streets of Cardiff on Friday night

A man dealt with police and security outside a bar in Cardiff last weekend before the "Rule of Six" laws came into effect

A man grappled with police and security outside a bar in Cardiff last weekend before the Six Rules Act went into effect

A large group of women is seen in Cardiff on one night just days before such gatherings are banned under new law

A large group of women is seen in Cardiff on one night just days before such gatherings are banned under new law

Official PHE figures show that the case rate in Birmingham was below 30 per 100,000 by the end of August but has risen to 78 per 100,000 in less than two weeks

Official PHE figures show that the case rate in Birmingham was below 30 per 100,000 by the end of August but has risen to 78 per 100,000 in less than two weeks

Health Secretary Matt Hancock reiterated the Councilor's comments on social gatherings as a cause of increased infections in the West Midlands, adding, "We will not hesitate to take further action if necessary."

Meanwhile, the Liverpool metropolitan area has been added to the government's coronavirus watch list due to an increasing number of infections.

Kettering, Oadby, Wigston and Luton were removed from the watchlist after transmission decreased in these regions. Leeds also avoided further Covid-19 restrictions, as it was announced that the city will instead receive increased support in dealing with the surge in infection rates.

Elsewhere, in Lanarkshire, Scotland, lockdown measures have been tightened due to a surge in local coronavirus cases. Restrictions on visiting other households will apply in both North and South Lanarkshire parishes as of Saturday.

The move comes after 205 positive cases were found in the region last week.

The restrictions, which will be reviewed in seven days, are the same as those currently in place in Glasgow City, East Renfrewshire, Renfrewshire, East Dunbartonshire and West Dunbartonshire.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “It is clearly unfortunate that these restrictions need to be extended to people living in Lanarkshire.

"I understand that this will not be welcome news for the people of these areas, especially before the weekend, but we must act now to protect the people and gain more control over the virus in the area."

Save our children's Christmas! The Covid survey shows that Brits want children under the age of 12 to be exempted from the draconian rule of six – as Tory backbenchers are a wild "grotesque" restriction

Voters and Tory MPs called on Boris Johnson last night to save Christmas by exempting children from his “rule of six”.

A Daily Mail poll found that more than four in ten are in favor of a policy turnaround and grandparents letting their families see their families over the Christmas season. Tory Backbencher devastated the "grotesque" restriction that bans groups of seven or more as of Monday in an attempt to stop a second wave of coronavirus.

Such gatherings are also prohibited in Scotland and Wales – children under the age of 12 are exempt. Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Tory Backbenchers Committee, urged Mr. Johnson to follow suit.

Tim Loughton, a former child minister, said the rule was unsustainable.

Downing Street refuses to withdraw, although young children are much less likely to catch or spread Covid-19. Officials said an age threshold would make enforcement too difficult for police officers.

The mail revealed yesterday that the rule was introduced one after the other in the cabinet. On Thursday, Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that those under 12 would be exempted from their version of the rule of six north of the border.

A new Daily Mail poll showed that the public has lost confidence in Boris Johnson's government and only Rishi Sunak has a positive approval rating

A new Daily Mail poll showed that the public has lost confidence in Boris Johnson's government and only Rishi Sunak has a positive approval rating

Boris Johnson's approval rating is -21, although he's still considered more competent than Michael Gove, Priti Patel, and Gavin WIlliamson. Health Secretary Matt Hancock has a -20 approval rating

Boris Johnson is determined to enforce his policies that will jeopardize the Christmas party in England

Boris Johnson is determined to enforce his policies that will jeopardize the Christmas party in England

The dispute intensified yesterday when Mark Drakeford, the first minister of Wales, said he would do the same.

He told BBC Breakfast, "We have decided that it is not proportionate to include young children who are not susceptible to coronavirus or to spread it as adults are. Therefore, we are not including them."

But Downing Street said, “We reviewed all of the evidence prior to the decision made on Wednesday and decided to move on to a rule of six that applies to all ages.

“We made sure the rules were simplified and strengthened to make them easier to understand. Social distancing measures can only be effective if the public understands and adheres to them. "

Sir Graham said it was useful to exclude young children and would help families argue about which relatives to see over Christmas.

He added, "These are the issues that are raised in a parliamentary debate and they show why it is wrong for the government to set rules in an arbitrary manner without parliamentary scrutiny."

The poll found that 41 percent of voters say the Prime Minister should exempt teenagers, compared with 32 percent who disagree. It also shows that a third of families disrupted their Christmas plans by the rule of six.

Three quarters believe that most people will ignore the limit anyway.