Scottish drinkers celebrated the shutdown last night as they toasted anything but Nicola Sturgeon's 16-day alcohol ban.
The groups had the opportunity to have one last beer in Glasgow and Edinburgh before the full restriction kicks in tonight at 6pm.
The first Scottish minister imposed the two-week alcohol ban in pubs and restaurants across the country and closed bars entirely in coronavirus hotspot areas.
It is because the punters were out and about in the north of England as it is also facing tougher anti-Covid measures. Tens of thousands of venues in the region are at risk of being temporarily closed from next week.
Two women use their last chance to enjoy the next two weeks in the Scottish capital Edinburgh pubs on Thursday evening
For some, the option to have one last beer before the restrictions was something they could keep on their phones for posterity (Pictured Glasgow).
A woman holds up her cell phone as her friend waves her near-empty beer in Edinburgh Thursday night before new restrictions apply
Four friends share a joke and laugh in front of new restrictions during their night out in Edinburgh city center on Thursday night
Pubs and restaurants experienced a final night of custom before the regulations, which some classified as a "death sentence" (picture Edinburgh).
The move in Scotland has been declared a "death sentence" for hundreds of venues and has been planned by frustrated members of the public.
Ms. Sturgeon made the unpopular decision after warning cases increased in the older generation this week.
She told Holyrood MSPs that the situation was "better than March" but admitted she needed to take a "step backwards" when she exposed a dramatic "breaker" pressure that coincided with mid-school hours north of the border .
In addition to a ban on alcohol consumption, restaurants are only allowed to be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., as Ms. Sturgeon said, without taking action, the virus could "get out of control by the end of this month".
In five “hotspot” areas in the central belt of Scotland, which include Edinburgh and Glasgow and which are home to around 70 percent of the population, pubs will be closed except for takeaways and people will be cut off from using public transport until October 26th advised against.
Hospitality bosses yesterday evening described the decision as a "total disaster" that will be the "last straw" for hundreds of venues.
The lure of one last drink resulted in large queues in some places for people trying to spend their last night before the ban (picture Edinburgh).
Five drinkers from Edinburgh raise their glasses one last time before the new rukes hit the hospitality sector tonight
Groups went home after their last drink in Edinburgh, preparing for the 16 days of not being able to buy beer in a pub
A group of friends smile for a picture as they sink their pints in Edinburgh city center last night before new action is taken tonight
Industry leaders said Ms. Sturgeon has "effectively signed a death warrant for a lot of companies" and the "real problem" is socializing at home.
The Scottish Licensed Trade Association told the Telegraph that more than two-thirds of pubs, bars and restaurants could be "mothballed or perished," along with more than half of the sector's jobs.
Meanwhile, Mr Hancock appeared to pave the way for similar local crackdown on pubs in England when he said that “outside of your household and inter-household sociability, the highest place for the likelihood of likely transmission based on where people come into contact is the highest place have, unfortunately, hospitality is & # 39 ;.
A targeted shutdown of eateries in hotspot areas, however, appears more likely than a nationwide approach, as Downing Street continues to stick to its strategy of local locking in specific areas where the virus has emerged.
Ms Sturgeon imposed some of the toughest restrictions in Europe, saying that if it was a "purely one-dimensional decision" to fight the disease, there would be tougher action, but she was considering the general economy and wellbeing.
But it sparked cries of protest from the hotel industry, which called the crackdown a "total catastrophe" and warned that a business swarm would perish forever.
Edinburgh drinkers share one final sup as they marked the last night before the coronavirus control rules were in place
In Edinburgh, the people made the most of their last night of freedom before Nicola Sturgeon's action was due today
Hordes of drinkers drove home after work at 10 p.m. in Glasgow before the drinking ban came in today
Some night owls took selfies of their last night of drinking before the strict regulations for parts of Scotland went into effect (picture Glasgow).
Stör calls time: Scotland's new Covid regulations in full
- All pubs, restaurants and cafes are not allowed to sell alcohol in the house for 16 days.
- They also face a curfew that forces them to close at 6 p.m. every night.
- Bars, restaurants and outdoor cafes are allowed to stay open until 10 p.m. and sell alcohol until then.
- There will be additional restrictions on opening in five areas of Scotland's central belt – including Edinburgh and Glasgow.
- Pubs, restaurants and licensed cafes in the "hotspots" of Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Lanarkshire, Ayrshire & Arran, Lothian and Forth Valley will be forced to close all but takeaway customers.
- The measures will take effect on Friday at 4 p.m. for 16 days until October 25th.
- The residents of these areas were also urged to avoid public transport unless it was absolutely necessary for the next two weeks. You should only use it to get to work, school, or other inevitable travel.
- Live outdoor events will be banned in the five areas for the next two weeks.
- Snooker and billiard halls, bowling alleys, casinos and bingo halls will be closed in these areas for two weeks from October 10th.
- Contact sports and indoor group exercises for people aged 18 and over will be suspended for the same period.
- Face covering is mandatory indoors.
- Companies affected by the new restrictions will receive an additional £ 40 million in funding.
The extraordinary move – which Ms. Sturgeon said would come with new £ 40million compensation for affected companies – came when Scotland reported more than 1,000 new infections in one day.
Immediately south of the border, ministers were accused of using weak data after relying on numbers based on fewer than 100 pubs to justify the possible closings of tens of thousands of venues in the north of England.
No10 has faced a concerted backlash from local leaders and MPs with plans to place even stricter restrictions on millions of people in the north from next week.
A Tory MP said the data was "cobbled together" to justify closing the pubs. It used a three-month-old survey in the US and cherry-picked numbers.
Sir Keir Starmer accused Boris Johnson of causing "confusion, chaos and injustice" by revealing the exact measures that will be announced next week while still being discussed.
Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty yesterday informed 149 MPs from the North and Midlands that a "significant proportion" of exposure to coronavirus is in the hospitality industry.
He showed them a table showing that 32 percent of the broadcast could be in pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants, with just 2.6 percent at home.
However, MPs complained that the information was "selective" and clearly served government purposes.
They pointed out that the NHS test and trace numbers show that 75.3 percent of broadcasts are at home, with just 5.5 percent in pubs, restaurants and churches.
Last night, it also found that Public Health England data was based on a very small sample size. It was derived from contact tracing data covering only 98 pubs and 67 cafes and restaurants.
A PHE spokesman said every case reported related to two separate Covid-positive patients who had been in the same location for the past week. However, the data cannot say whether they discovered the virus in the same location.
A health ministry spokesman said the "improved" contract tracking suggested the infection site is at a hotel.
Chris Whitty's claim that a "significant proportion" of coronavirus exposure occurred in the hospitality industry has come under fire. One Conservative MP describes the government's data as "incredibly thin".
In Newcastle, crowds gathered outside Bijoux, a popular bar, as parts of northern England prepared to have new rules enforced next week
Sir Keir Starmer accused Boris Johnson of causing "confusion, chaos and injustice" by revealing the exact measures that will be announced next week while still being discussed. Pictured: revelers in Newcastle
A group of friends walk down the street wearing Hawaiian style leis as they walk through Newcastle Upon Tyne on Thursday night
Groups of people who appear to be disregarding the government's rule of six stand outside an Irish bar in Newcastle on Thursday evening
Four men sit and stand in Newcastle city center Thursday evening before possible new measures to contain the virus in the north can be taken
The dossier submitted by Chris Whitty contained a Cabinet Office document marked "officially sensitive" referring to a July report from the US Centers for Disease Control.
The study found that of the 154 people who tested positive, about twice as often had eaten in a restaurant in the last two weeks before symptoms appeared.
A Tory MP from a Red Wall seat told The Telegraph, “It was clear to everyone that they cobbled together this data as an afterthought to justify pub closings.
The document that spilled the beans
The controversial data cited by Professor Whitty is based on an exercise to improve contact tracing, according to the Department of Health.
It asks people who they met – and where they met them. However, it is based on a very small sample.
If two infected people tell the tracers that they have been to a venue in the past week, it will be considered an indication, but not evidence, that the virus may have been transmitted between them.
But they didn't even have to be there at the same time.
The data shows there have been 98 cases where two or more people told contact tracers they'd been to the same pub.
Another 67 cases related to people who were in the same café or restaurant.
“ Given what we know from the official NHS numbers, why are they citing data from a tiny poll that was conducted in America? It's just meaningless. & # 39;
Last night, the British Beer and Pub Association warned the government that the data was not good enough to warrant pub closings.
An expert suggested that 7,000 venues in the north would have to close. However, Downing Street denied that any lockdown decisions had been made.
A Tory MP who attended the briefing said, “It is clear that the data to justify further hospitality action is incredibly thin. It's so weak that they can't even publish it. & # 39;
Professor Whitty also appeared to be pointing out that the national curfew, introduced last month for pubs, bars and restaurants at 10 p.m., was based on nothing more than the fact that other countries had imposed it.
Last night, politicians from the north lined up to condemn the prime minister for the "ruthless" plan to close all pubs and restaurants in the hardest hit areas.
Andy Burnham, the Labor Mayor of Greater Manchester, told BBC Radio 4's World At One: "I will no longer take it when they put things on the north of England that really harm people's lives."
And Emma McClarkin of the British Beer and Pub Association said, “We have yet to see the hard evidence in England that blanket pub bans with strict adherence to government guidelines will significantly stop the spread of the virus. & # 39;
But Ben Bradley, Tory MP from Mansfield, who answered the call, said, “We have been talking about the Northwest and Northeast in particular, where in three weeks we have been talking about hospital stays higher than the original summit. & # 39;
Meanwhile, Minister for Qualifications and Apprenticeships Gillian Keegan said the UK was in "an incredibly grave situation".
She said the government needs to act to contain the spike in coronavirus cases, telling the BBC, "This is serious – it's getting out of control and we have to do something to get it back under control."
But she added, "We definitely have to work on the ground and we definitely have to make sure the communication is much clearer."
In Liverpool, many students and young people gathered in close proximity to each other despite fears of increasing infections
The British Beer and Pub Association warned the government the data was not good enough to warrant pub closings. Pictured: a night out in Newcastle on Thursday
Chris Whitty suggested just following other countries and imposing a 10 p.m. curfew, suggesting they themselves had no data to support the new measures
Last night, politicians from the north lined up to condemn the prime minister for the "ruthless" plan to close all pubs and restaurants in the hardest hit areas. Pictured: Students on Thursday in Liverpool
A man blows smoke while vaping in Manchester city center while Downing Street said new data suggests there is "significant" transmission in the hospitality industry
Steve Rotheram, Liverpool City Region Mayor, told ITV's Good Morning Britain: "Quite simply, the north shouldn't be a petri dish for central government experiments."
Sir Keir Starmer also wrote in The Telegraph that people are facing a "weekend of uncertainty" due to the delay in announcing the new three-tier system.
Community Secretary Robert Jenrick almost confirmed yesterday that action was on the way.
"It is correct to say that the number of cases is rising rapidly in the northwest and northeast, as well as in a number of cities, particularly in the Midlands like Nottingham, and this is a serious situation," he said.
"We are currently considering what steps to take, apparently under the advice of our scientific and medical advisors, and a decision will be made shortly."
He added that it was "generally understandable" that the longer people were together in pubs, the higher the risk of infection, as he supported the 10pm curfew.
Altus Group, a real estate consultant, estimated 7,200 pubs in the north could close – one in five English pubs.
Last night, a government spokesman admitted that the "early analysis" did not provide evidence of the transmission.
"We are seeing coronavirus cases increase across the country, with particularly rapid growth in the northeast and northwest," he said.
"We are constantly monitoring the data and considering a number of options to suppress the virus, protect communities and save lives."
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