Just before Boris Johnson's new coronavirus measures came into play, Brits were spotted in their crowds departing for one final late evening on Wednesday.
The Prime Minister today ordered pubs and restaurants to close at 10 p.m., well earlier than most establishments across the country.
And owners will be forced to kick customers out of their premises before the limit or risk a fine.
The new measures, which also prohibit customers from ordering drinks at a bar, come into effect in full from today.
But the night owls took advantage of their last night of freedom when they stepped through the country with full force.
Fun seekers have been seen breaking socially distant rules while mingling outside of pubs and bars, and even heavy rain in the north-west of the UK didn't stop party-goers from enjoying their last night.
Just before Boris Johnson's new coronavirus measures came into play, Brits were spotted in their crowds departing for one final late evening on Wednesday. Pictured: Leeds
The Prime Minister today ordered pubs and restaurants to close at 10 p.m., well earlier than most establishments across the country. Pictured: London
And owners will be forced to kick customers out of their premises before the limit or risk a fine. The new measures, which also prohibit customers from ordering drinks at a bar, come into effect in full from today. Pictured: Middlesborough
But the night owls took advantage of their last night of freedom when they stepped through the country with full force. Pictured: Leeds
Women wore their cheerful rags, while some men donned smart suits and others hooded sweaters to help fight the downpour.
Some desperately tried to protect their splendor by holding jackets and blazers by their heads, while others huddled in large groups to protect themselves from the wet.
Revelers in Leeds, London and Middlesborough took full advantage of the last night of normal opening hours by drinking drinks throughout the evening.
Mr Johnson's actions will take effect the day after 6,178 more cases of coronavirus are reported, and health chiefs announced 37 more deaths.
Fun seekers have been seen breaking socially distant rules while mingling outside of pubs and bars, and even heavy rain in the north west of the UK didn't stop partiers from enjoying their last night. Pictured: London
Women wore their cheerful rags, while some men donned smart suits and others hooded sweaters to help fight the downpour. Pictured: Middlesborough
Some desperately tried to protect their splendor by holding jackets and blazers by their heads, while others huddled in large groups to protect themselves from the wet. Pictured: London
Revelers in Leeds, London and Middlesborough took full advantage of the last night's normal opening hours by drinking drinks throughout the evening. Pictured: London
Mr Johnson's measures will take effect the day after 6,178 more cases of coronavirus are reported, and health chiefs announced 37 more deaths. Pictured: London
Data shows that an average of 4,501 new Covid-19 infections are now registered every day, up from 3,286 last Wednesday. The UK was only the 14th country in the world yesterday to surpass the 400,000 case milestone after another 4,926 patients tested positive for the disease.
Police chiefs have labeled Boris Johnson's new rules "absurd" and "nonsense" as small business owners say they will go broke if workers stay home.
The prime minister found himself exposed to fire on all sides as he turned his urge to reopen workplaces after just a few weeks to tell office workers to work from home if they can.
He was barbed for introducing new measures, including a 10 p.m. pubs curfew and £ 200 fines for violating mask rules related to new social restrictions in England.
Revelers in Soho, London, were entertained in pubs and bars Wednesday night before new measures go into effect today
The people of Leeds were seen huddled together to shelter from the heavy downpours in areas to the northwest
A group of women in Leeds remain huddled as they struggle through the rain as they wind down a night before the Prime Minister's new measures come into play
A woman uses her jacket to protect her hair from the heavy rain that hits areas in the northwest such as Leeds
The Prime Minister also announced that he would be making the British Army available to help police enforce tough new coronavirus rules.
He said officers now have the option to resort to military assistance if needed to free up staff so that more can crack down on rule violations, as he found fines doubled to £ 200.
However, Downing Street ruled out the use of soldiers on the street, saying they would be used to "perform certain duties like office roles and guarding protected locations so the police can't enforce the virus response".
Metropolitan Police Federation Chairman Ken Marsh criticized the announcement as "nonsense" and National Police Federation Chairman John Apter said it was "lacking in details".
Meanwhile, UKHospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls described the restrictions as "another crushing blow" for many companies.
Data shows that an average of 4,501 new Covid-19 infections are now registered every day, up from 3,286 last Wednesday. Pictured: Leeds
The UK was only the 14th country in the world yesterday to surpass the 400,000 case milestone after another 4,926 patients tested positive for the disease. Pictured: Leeds
A group of women use their jackets to protect themselves from the harsh weather conditions as they spend their night before new measures are taken today
Two women are running through the streets of Leeds to escape the rain that hit areas in the northwest last night
At the same time, Tory MPs warned there could be no further "major lockdown" and said the decision to end the retreat will cause "dismay" among workers living in "cramped, overcrowded shelters" .
Telford MP Lucy Allen even went so far as to tweet, "Our collective health is not at risk," and flew ashore at the prime minister's main message.
Others also said that after following the rules, their constituents would be angry about the new policy, only to see "people protested, at street parties, with no action taken against them.
However, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon warned Mr Johnson that his actions did not go far enough as it banned people from visiting their own homes in an attempt to lower the Covid-19 R rate north of the border
The government's latest coronavirus crackdown was revealed as follows:
- Sir Keir Starmer used his first speech at the Labor Conference as Chair to warn that a second national lockdown would be a "sign of government failure and not a force majeure" that would take an "immense toll" on public health and the economy would mean.
- Sir Keir also claimed that the government's "incompetence" was "holding the UK back" and that Conservatives "underfunding of the NHS" and "abandoning welfare" had kept Britain unprepared for the pandemic.
- Julian Knight, Tory chairman of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) selection board, said without a "route map" to bring viewers back to sporting events, "we risk decimating our sporting and cultural infrastructure."
- Shares in some of the UK's largest pub chains felt the crisis following the 10pm curfew announcement, when City Pub Group fell 6.6 percent while Wetherspoons fell 0.4 percent.
- Welsh Health Minister Vaughan Gething welcomed the UK government's decision to return to home work as he said it was "a welcome shift … that fits our position".
- Tory peer Andrew Lloyd Webber warned that commercial theater will not survive unless the government "steps on the table".
- Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey said the rise in coronavirus cases was "extremely difficult news for all of us and the whole country" as the bank "will do whatever it takes to help the businesses and the people of the country to support & # 39 ;.
- The government said there were an additional 4,926 laboratory-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK as of 9 a.m. on Tuesday, bringing the total to 403,551.
The chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, Mr. Marsh, warned that the rules were "nonsense" and "absurd". He told MailOnline: “In terms of enforcement, it's really difficult for us. I mean, I'm not a huge fan of Nicola Sturgeon, but at least she sets the tone.
"Six months" curbs at a glance
- All pubs, bars and restaurants in England are subject to a curfew at 10:00 p.m. on Thursday. The Prime Minister insists that the premises must kick all customers out by the deadline.
- The hospitality sector will also be limited to table service only, as the government has banned drinkers taking a trip to the bar.
- All indoor retail workers and customers are required to wear masks – unless they are seated to eat or drink.
- All employees who can work from home will be asked to do so from tomorrow.
- The fines for violating the Rule of Six and missing face covering increase to £ 200 for a first offense.
- Police will now have the option to call on the military for assistance, with soldiers possibly being drafted to perform official duties and guarding protected locations so that officers have more time to take action against rule violations.
- The number of people allowed to attend weddings in England will be reduced to 15 from Monday, but the number of people allowed to attend a funeral will remain at 30.
- Plans for the partial return of sports fans to the stadiums on October 1 have been suspended.
- The rule of six exemptions is tightened to ban team sports such as five-on-five soccer games.
“If someone sneaks and says that Mr. Big has 20 people in his house, what do we do? Sitting in front of his house all evening waiting for people to come out and count or something?
& # 39; That's an address. We are talking about millions of addresses. It's just nonsense. It is absolutely absurd. Why can't they implement what's in Scotland? I have no idea.
& # 39; Why? Why is our six but Scotland's no one? It's not right, and it just makes it so hard for my colleagues to get it through, when you can make it crystal clear enough that it's not ambiguous. There is no way around. These are the rules. Hold on to them. & # 39;
He added, “But you know, when the Home Secretary tells your neighbors Snitch, good luck with that one Priti Patel. How are we supposed to get this through? & # 39;
The National Police Federation of England and Wales President John Apter added: “Further funding to monitor this pandemic is urgently needed.
& # 39; The service needs all the help it can get as financial pressures on the armed forces increase day by day – but today's announcement didn't provide any details. We'll wait for that before partying too much. Since the beginning of this pandemic, the police and the military have been working together on logistics.
& # 39; That works and works well; However, the prime minister's announcement has been taken up by some as a suggestion that the military will be on the streets to help police enforce Covid regulations. This is not what the police asked for and is not what they need. & # 39;
Mr. Apter added, “This is a constantly changing situation and the police officers will continue to do an incredible job of adapting quickly.
“The vast majority of the public have respected the restrictions placed on them. These limitations affect us all, but the point is to keep one another as safe as possible.
"I would hope that the public will continue to do what is right to protect their fellow citizens and minimize the spread of the virus."
Data from Public Health England shows that of the 729 outbreaks in the week ended September 13, only five percent occurred in grocery stores such as restaurants and pubs
The new restrictions also created trouble in the hospitality industry, and Ms. Nicholls of UKHospitality described them as "another devastating blow" to many businesses.
She said, “A hard graduation time is bad for business and bad for virus control. We need to give people time to disperse over a longer period of time.
“Since reopening, table service has been widespread in some parts of the sector, but not required in all areas of business such as coffee shops.
"It's hard to understand how these measures are the answer to the disease when government data shows that only 5 percent of infections outside the home are hospitality-related."
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