Night owls from the north flocked to bars and pubs for one final night of booze as the region prepares for further coronavirus lockdown measures, expected to be announced Monday.
Drunk partygoers were seen slamming the sidewalks ahead of the kick-off in Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle before the kick-off on Sunday night at 10pm.
Meanwhile, bar workers have been seen dumping chairs, tables and outside signs for perhaps the last time in six months.
Huge swaths of the north could be included in the third tier lockdown, with pubs, gyms, and casinos potentially among the businesses slated to close for half a year – with monthly reviews.
The prime minister is expected to speak in front of parliament on Monday to unveil the new nationwide three-tier restriction system if cases continue to increase.
Revelers flocked to Manchester's bars and pubs for one final night as the city prepares for further coronavirus lockdowns, which are expected to be announced Monday
In Newcastle Upon Tyne, three night owls were seen laughing as they walked the sidewalk
Drunk partiers were seen banging on the sidewalks outside some of Manchester's nightlife districts before kick-off at 10pm
Night owls – some with protective face masks – enjoyed their night in Leeds
Party-goers were spotted enjoying drinks outside of a pub in Newcastle as the region prepared for further lockdown rules
Three Newcastle party-goers took advantage of the previous night when pubs, bars and restaurants were open
A group of Newcastle revelers posed for a picture Sunday night
Meanwhile, bar workers have been seen dumping chairs, tables, and outside signs for perhaps the last time in six months
Huge swaths of the north are slated to be included in the third tier lockdown, with pubs, gyms and casinos among the businesses slated to close for half a year – with monthly reviews. Pictured: revelers in Manchester on Sunday evening
The prime minister is expected to speak in front of parliament on Monday to unveil the new nationwide three-tier restriction system if cases continue to increase. Pictured: revelers in Manchester on Sunday evening
About 65 more people have died after testing positive for Covid-19 – almost twice as many as last week
Another 12,872 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the UK as the country's daily caseload tops the 10,000 mark for a week
This is happening despite the seemingly decreasing case load in Manchester, with the number of positive diagnoses dropping 10 percent from week to week.
While last week's numbers showed an infection rate of 582 per 100,000 people, this week dropped to 477, reports the Manchester Evening News.
There were 2,933 cases in Manchester last week. This week there were 2,641 – down from 292.
Local leaders in Liverpool said they were told their city would be among those covered by the new restrictions.
Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson, who had previously made a call to officials in London, tweeted Sunday to tell him that he had been told "no buts" about what would be imposed on his city and insisted: " We haven't agreed on anything. "
Manchester politicians have made a final appeal to ministers not to close all pubs and restaurants in the city and instead empower them to close only those that do not comply with coronavirus safety restrictions.
Liverpool had the second highest rate of infection in England in the 14 days leading up to October 4, with 4,593 confirmed cases (928.2 per 100,000 people).
The neighboring borough of Knowsley had the worst rate with 1,412 cases and an infection rate of 944.
Downing Street sources said a decision has not yet been made as to where a tier three system should be applied.
In Leeds, party-goers flocked to the streets to enjoy the nightlife
Party-goers dressed in masks enjoyed an evening in Leeds. It comes before a possible government announcement on Monday
Police spoke to partygoers one evening in Leeds. The city could be closed from Monday
The case load in Manchester appears to be falling, and the number of positive diagnoses is dropping 10 percent from week to week. Pictured: Two women on an evening out in Manchester on Sunday
A staff member at The Corner Boy Pub locks up and clears tables and chairs for the evening in Manchester
A staff member at The Corner Boy pub wipes the floor as it closes for the evening
Three partygoers – one sitting on the sidewalk – pose for photos as they spend a Sunday evening in Manchester
A woman ate a sandwich on the sidewalk in Manchester on Sunday
Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson tweeted on Sunday: "We haven't made an agreement. We have been told the government will do this with 'no buts." Myself and all the CA executives and @MetroMayorSteve have not accepted anything we tried have to receive financial support to protect our businesses and our region. & # 39;
Manchester is also believed to be in the government's three-tier focus. Five city MPs warn Mr Johnson of the "devastating effects" of company closings.
Not only would "jobs, livelihoods and businesses" be challenged, but more illegal gatherings would result, they said.
The letter was sent by Lucy Powell of Labor, Jeff Smith, Mike Kane, Afzal Khan, and Graham Stringer.
Two women in Manchester for the evening ahead of the government's possible announcement on Monday
Two women were seen laughing walking the sidewalk in Manchester. Party-goers enjoyed an evening on Sunday
Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham yesterday noted a lack of communication from the government, telling Times Radio: “To be invited to a meeting at 10 Downing Street on a Friday night for effective proposals to be agreed over the weekend had to. I mean, that is not appropriate or acceptable advice to me.
'That is being put in a position. It all came too late. & # 39;
Mr Johnson's plans were also devastated by the Bolton Council chairman, who warned they would destroy the economy in northern England as he tried to "rebuild better", including in previous Red Wall Labor seats occupied in the 2019 general election .
David Greenhalgh gave a brutal assessment of the BBC's plans for the BBC's Andrew Marr program, saying, "My immediate reaction is that it's oppressive."
Mr. Burnham, when asked on Times Radio what he would say to Ward Secretary Robert Jenrick, said, “Isn't it time for a big change here, a complete reversal of what we have seen so far?
Revelers are leaving The Strawberry Pub in Newcastle Upon Tyne as the coronavirus continues to spread
Customers at the Bar & Grill restaurant in Manchester enjoy a meal on Sunday night
People enjoy drinks at a bar in Manchester. Bars and restaurants could be closed from Monday
Employees and customers of an Ask Italian restaurant in Manchester enjoy a meal on Sunday evening
Three women for the evening in Manchester. A woman is sitting on the floor enjoying a sandwich
Customers at Ban Di Bul a Korean restaurant in Manchester. From Monday, large parts of the north could be put into the third stage lock
An employee wearing protective face covering clears a table for the evening in Manchester
Chairs are stacked and taken away by a worker before a possible lockdown occurs in Manchester
An employee carries a sign reading "Staying Covid-19 Secure" on the pavement in Manchester
& # 39; Localize the response to this crisis, but critical, as Joe (Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool) said, introduce an aid package and an economic package to help the north of England.
“I would tell him, do we get up here or do we get down? Which is it?
“If you proceed with this financial package, I believe it will result in breaking what the government announced when it was elected.
"If they continue like this, jobs will be lost, businesses will collapse, and the fragile economies of the north will be destroyed."
"The government has a real choice here, if it continues on the path I believe it is on, this government's central so-called mission to upgrade will be over."
Shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy said to Marr, “It's really hard to explain how angry the people of the north of England are about what has happened not just in the last few months but also in the last few days. I haven't felt such anger at the government since I was a kid in the 1980s.
"People feel that not only have they been abandoned by the government, but that the government is now actively working against us."
Mr Jenrick insisted that the government work closely with local leaders before introducing new coronavirus measures.
He told Sky News & # 39; Sophy Ridge on Sunday: & # 39; We spent the weekend working with these local executives.
“I spoke to executives from Merseyside, Greeter Manchester and other parts of the country all weekend.
“We try to work very closely with mayors, council presidents and executives to shape these measures with them. This will need time.
"We want good communication between national and local governments before we announce how we're going to do this."
Mr. Greenhalgh also targeted the new Job Support Scheme (JSS) that Rishi Sunak unveiled on Friday, warning that anything but support at the level of the original vacation program would send companies "on the wall".
People outside the Revolucion de Cuba bar in Manchester on Sunday. Many locals rushed to enjoy their last bar trip in six months
Community Secretary Robert Jenrick insisted that the government work closely with local leaders before new coronavirus measures are put in place
He added, "We can't do better to backtrack after we've lost some of those businesses."
The Prime Minister is expected to put in place a three tier system of lockdown measures to make the existing patchwork of restrictions more understandable.
Areas with relatively low infection rates are classified in the first tier, in which only national restrictions such as the "six rule" and the curfew for pubs and restaurants at 10 pm apply.
Tier 2 also includes bans on house calls and contact with other households indoors. Tier 3 options include a total hospitality closure, a ban on overnight stays, and the closure of venues such as movie theaters.
Parts of the north of England, including Manchester and Liverpool, could be included in the category immediately with the strictest restrictions, requiring pubs and restaurants to close their doors.
Mr. Greenhalgh added, “We have submitted our proposals as Greater Manchester leaders … that we are against a lockdown as we understand it, at Level 3, which is the total lockdown on hospitality.
"Our position is very clear that we feel we need to apply additional restrictions, but those that protect those who are most vulnerable and vulnerable to the virus, but those who will not continue to adversely affect our local businesses and businesses affect the economy. "
Real estate consultant Altus Group has indicated that there are 7,171 pubs in restricted areas in the north of England that are at risk of temporary closure.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced on Friday that workers in companies forced to close due to the new restrictions will have the government pay two-thirds of their wages under the JSS.
But it's less generous than the vacation program that ends October 31st.
When asked about Mr. Sunak's JSS revision that was revealed Friday, Mr. Greenhalgh added that anything less generous than the original vacation was "frankly unacceptable."
"Unfortunately, many of these companies will go under," he said.
“There is no better way to back up when we've lost some of these businesses. Those big independent companies that people put their savings into are being lost.
“The north feels that it is being treated differently. We know our (Covid) rates are high, we don't underestimate that, but we have to find a way that … looks at the economy.
"We can't throw our local economy against the wall to kill them in the north."
The UK recorded an additional 12,872 coronavirus cases on Sunday, a nine percent increase from last Sunday's adjusted total due to the government's exceptional numbers.
The numbers represent a decrease of 2,294 cases from the daily total of 15,166 on Saturday. The death toll on Saturday was 81-16 more than the 65 recorded on Sunday.
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