Hundreds of revelers have come to Newcastle tonight to sink their last pints before a 10pm curfew. Meanwhile, Leeds party-goers are making the most of their last weekend of freedom as the city faces its own lockdown.
Students and young people seemed unwavering by the new curfew as they flocked to the Big Market – a popular area of bars and pubs in Newcastle – and enjoyed themselves.
Young women were depicted laughing and cheering with their last pints before they were kicked out by the bar staff at 10 p.m. Some night owls clearly weren't done with the nightly party and saw them pick up alcohol from local stores.
Police officers were seen overlooking empty streets as party goers went home and the city center went eerily quiet for a Friday night.
Meanwhile, Leeds took to the streets in droves as the city faced its own lockdown after a surge in coronavirus cases. Groups of people gathered downtown and queued for bars when doormen used temperature rifles on patrons as part of new security measures.
Strict new restrictions to combat the spread of the coronavirus were announced for the north-east of England yesterday evening, ahead of further rules announced today in parts of the North-West, Midlands and West Yorkshires.
The latest measures, which include a 10 p.m. curfew on pubs and bars, will affect Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland, Northumberland, South Tyneside, North Tyneside and County Durham starting tonight.
Newcastle students outside a bar in the city center are preparing to head home as a curfew goes into effect at 10pm
Police overlook Newcastle's normally billowing Big Market area. The pubs will close at 10 p.m. due to a new local lockdown to help fight the pandemic
Employees imagined putting glasses away in Newcastle when pubs and bars closed at 10 p.m. as part of a new lockdown
Newcastle drinkers were booted out of the pub at 10 p.m. as the city got used to the newly imposed lockdown
Drinkers raise their glasses and cheer as they enjoy the last pint of the evening before the 10 p.m. curfew goes into effect
Drinkers dressed up for the city have to leave early as Newcastle bars and pubs close their doors at 10pm
The night owls still had a great time in Newcastle city center despite the curfew at 10pm tonight
Similar lockdown measures will then go into effect starting Tuesday in Lancashire, Merseyside, Warrington, Halton, Wolverhampton, Oadby & Wigston, as well as parts of Bradford, Kirklees and Calderdale.
Residents of these areas are prohibited from socializing in houses or gardens with people outside their household or in the “bubble”, and food and drinks are restricted to table service only. Restaurants, bars and pubs must close between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
Drinkers flocked to watering holes in the northeast for one final night of slaughter last night after Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed the area would experience a 10pm curfew in pubs and bars starting tonight.
Those in Newcastle, where 40,000 university students are expected to return in the coming days, have been photographed in front of busy clubs and bars in the immediate vicinity despite the growing number of Covid-19 cases in the area.
Similar scenes were spotted in Leeds last night as a rising number of infections in the city led to warnings that it could soon head in the same direction as other parts of West Yorkshire with additional restrictions.
A couple are heading to Newcastle after bars and clubs close at 10 p.m. tonight as part of a new curfew
Three friends are joking as they leave a Newcastle pub tonight. The new curfew in the city was imposed by the government after a surge in coronavirus cases
Young people enjoyed a night out in Newcastle tonight but enjoyed it at 10pm due to a newly imposed curfew
Leeds saw the highest daily increase in Covid-19 cases yesterday, with the city confirming an additional 117 infections. The biggest surge before that number was reported on April 22, when 109 cases were detected.
The streets in Birmingham were also packed last night when university students returned to town – despite the fact that households in the area were banned from mixing after a surge in coronavirus cases last week.
Those in town and the adjoining areas of Sandwell and Solihull are not allowed by the rules to meet anyone inside or in private gardens outside of their household or social bubble.
In Birmingham, the infection rate had more than doubled to 90.3 cases per 100,000 before the measures, which affected more than 1.6 million people.
The stepped-up measures announced today in parts of the Northwest, Midlands and West Yorkshires mean a total of 12 million people across the UK are subject to lockdown restrictions.
It comes today as Mr. Hancock admitted that a new national crackdown was imminent, as he warned infections "are accelerating across the country" and more people will die from the pandemic.
The health minister urged the public to "come together to fight this virus" as ministers consider imposing draconian restrictions on a "circuit break" for two weeks to stop the spread.
The move could take place as early as next week as pubs, restaurants and hotels across the UK need to close to avoid "significant" losses.
Revelers also made their way to Leeds tonight, where there is currently no local lockdown but there is a risk of a lockdown following a surge in Covid-19 cases
A doorman in Leeds is using a temperature reader for a user while people queue to go to bars in the city center tonight
Mr Hancock said today that a national lockdown is the "last line of defense". He warned, however, that it was a "big moment for the country" with cases now doubling every eight days, and if the "rule of six" restrictions didn't work, more should be done.
"The virus is increasing significantly across the country," he told Sky News. “We have to take the necessary measures to keep people safe. We will do everything we can to keep people safe. & # 39;
There are now around 12 million people across the UK in intervention areas, including parts of Greater Manchester, Leicester and Scotland. But neither Middlesbrough nor Hartlepool in the northeast, two other agencies officially designated as hotspots by Public Health England, have been affected by the new measures announced yesterday.
The rising number of infections in London and Leeds has also led to warnings that with additional restrictions, the cities could soon be heading in the same direction as the northeast. And in North Yorkshire, "full emergency mode" was declared after cases rose 167 percent in the first week of September.
It is also feared that thousands of students returning to universities in the Northeast could send the infection rate up even further, despite the draconian measures. Around 40,000 students are expected to return to Newcastle University and nearly 20,000 to Durham University in the coming days.
Pubs, bars and restaurants in areas subject to the new restrictions – Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Gateshead, Sunderland and County Durham – will only be allowed table service.
Sean Southern of The Gateshead Arms told MailOnline yesterday the business impact of the new restrictions.
He said: "We used to be open until 12.30pm, then we reduced it to 11pm because of Covid and now we're told we have to close at 10pm.
“These hours are absolutely crucial to us and probably our busiest time for those who want to have a few drinks before heading further away or going home.
“There are a couple of bars in the area that have closed in the past few weeks, so we've recently taken on both these customers and our regulars.
Coronavirus cases have increased rapidly in north east England. Newcastle saw its weekly infection rate jump from 51.2 cases per 100,000 people to 64.1 in the seven days ending September 13
“Things seemed to be getting better, and then suddenly last night we were told that there were going to be big changes and that we didn't really have time to prepare.
"People forget that closing at 10 p.m. also affects employees who might want to pick up a few extra hours."
According to real estate consultants Altus Group, around 2,350 pubs and restaurants are affected by the measures.
Jonathan Ashworth, Shadow Health Secretary, said of Britain's 10 million under lockdown rules: “Labor warned months ago that we would have a bleak winter if the government did not spend the summer setting the testing regime.
"The government has ignored this advice, the test regime is collapsing, and it is not surprising that national restrictions are back on the table."
Police said they would enforce lockdown measures as a last resort.
Superintendent Steve Long of Durham Constabulary said, “The government has announced that local restrictions are required in addition to those already in place at the national level.
The head of the government for science and medicine today warned that another major coronavirus outbreak could result in significant numbers of deaths by the end of next month. Pictured: Leeds
Although there has not been a final decision on new measures to open the circuit, the BBC said they could include closing key hospitality businesses for two weeks. Pictured: Leeds
Pictured: Party-goers have their temperatures checked before hitting the bustling downtown clubs on Thursday night
Recent analysis from Imperial College London suggests that Covid-19 rates are doubling every seven to eight days
“We would like to thank the vast majority of people who have taken personal responsibility, done the right thing, and adhered to the guidelines over the past few months.
What are the new restrictions for the northeast?
Matt Hancock announced in the House of Commons that Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Gateshead, Sunderland and County Durham will be subject to new restrictions from midnight to help curb the spread of the virus. The new restrictions are:
- Residents are not allowed to come into contact with other people outside of their own household or support the bubble in private homes and gardens
- Pubs, bars and other hospitality establishments can only operate table service
- Leisure and entertainment options between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m.
It was also recommended to adhere to the following guidelines:
- Not coming into contact with other people outside of your own household in other public places
- Only to use public transport for essential purposes, e.g. B. to school or to work
- Go on vacation only in your own household or support Bubble
- Avoid attending amateur and semi-professional sporting events as a spectator
The health minister said they were necessary to stop the virus from spreading and prevent another lockdown.
"Our officials will continue to engage with the public, explain the new rules and encourage people to act responsibly. Only then will we move on to enforcement as a last resort."
Announcing the drastic new measures in the House of Commons from midnight, Mr Hancock said, “I know the whole House knows that these decisions are having a real impact on families, businesses and local communities.
“I can tell everyone concerned that we do not make these decisions lightly. We agree with local councils that we must follow the data and act, and the data says we must act now to control the virus and keep people safe. I know the people of the northeast will come together to defeat this virus and we must defeat it. & # 39;
He added, “We have seen in terms of infection rates in parts of the Northeast. Sunderland, for example, now has an incidence rate of 103 positive cases per 100,000 population. In South Tyneside, Gateshead and Newcastle the numbers are all over 70. & # 39;
The head of the government for science and medicine today warned that another major coronavirus outbreak could result in significant numbers of deaths by the end of next month.
Although there has not been a final decision on new measures to open the circuit, the BBC said they could include closing key hospitality businesses for two weeks.
Schools and most workplaces would remain open, but pub and restaurant hours could be restricted. The idea of running the lockdown over mid-term holidays was also discussed.
The drastic steps are on the table as concerns about the shambolic test system mount. The government's seven "lighthouse laboratories" are in chaos due to a lack of staff and equipment.
A senior scientist warned that "tests are on the rise," adding that he was "appalled by what I saw in the labs".
Recent analysis by Imperial College London suggests that Covid-19 rates double every seven to eight days.
The nameless scientist warned that rising coronavirus levels could "break the NHS" and criticized the government's test-and-trace system by warning that it was "creaking at the seams".
Speaking to a committee of MPs on Wednesday, Boris Johnson said: “I don't want a second national lockdown. I think it would be completely wrong for this country and we will do everything in our power to prevent it from happening. & # 39;