In Wales there was one final meeting last night before pubs are banned from selling alcohol tonight.
The youth made their way to Cardiff and Swansea before the tough new measures went into effect.
The hospitality sector was rocked by the move, which includes a 6pm curfew in pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes – including a general ban on the sale of alcohol.
But in a recent outbreak last night, friends hugged in front of the watering holes in Cardiff with face covers under their chins.
Meanwhile, police in Swansea were on duty to enforce social distancing when women in high heels and dresses hit the bars despite the cold weather.
Three women walk down a street in Cardiff city center in Wales as they leave for their final meeting
Four men put on their warm gear as they sip a beer outside a pub in Cardiff city center on a cold Wales night
Two women sit in a doorway and play on their phones last night in Cardiff
Two women smile for a picture, one of whom is wearing a face covering, during a night out in Cardiff last night
The youngsters made their way to Cardiff (pictured) and Swansea before the strict new measures take effect
The hospitality sector was rocked by the move, which includes a 6pm curfew in pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes – including a general ban on the sale of alcohol. Pictured: Cardiff
In a recent outbreak last night, friends hugged outside watering holes in Cardiff with face covers under their chins
First Minister Mark Drakeford outlined the series of measures for the hospitality sector on Monday and slammed the country into lockdown just weeks after the last one.
According to the new guidelines, pubs, bars and restaurants are only allowed to stay open until Friday from 6 p.m. and then serve as snack bars.
And they are not allowed to serve alcoholic beverages on a Scottish schedule for weeks.
This prompted the bosses to issue a hunt for the Welsh government to provide "evidence" that their customers are more likely to catch Covid-19 in their facilities.
Meanwhile, police in Swansea were on duty to enforce social distancing when women in high heels and dresses hit the bars despite the cold weather. Pictured: Cardiff
Mark Drakeford outlined the string of measures for the hospitality sector on Monday and slammed the country into lockdown just weeks after the last one. Pictured: Cardiff
According to the new guidelines, pubs, bars and restaurants are only allowed to stay open until Friday from 6 p.m. and then serve as snack bars. Pictured: Cardiff
The move has prompted the bosses to issue a hunt group urging the Welsh government to provide "evidence" that their customers are more likely to catch Covid-19 in their facilities. Pictured: Cardiff
Mr Drakeford said: "Unfortunately the virus is moving incredibly fast in Wales and is undermining the profits we made during the break of the fire." Pictured: Cardiff
Mr Drakeford said: “Unfortunately the virus is moving incredibly fast in Wales and is undermining the profits we made during the break of the fire.
& # 39; This virus – and this pandemic – continues to be full of unpleasant surprises.
"It thrives on our normal human behavior and all the places and opportunities we come together."
He added, “I see how hard the hospitality and (leisure) sector has worked to be compliant.
"I know the new restrictions will be tough as they come at one of the busiest times of the year."
But he warned: "We continue to face a virus that is spreading incredibly quickly across Wales and it is a virus that seizes every opportunity when we are spending time together."
People enjoy a meal the evening before the curfew in Cardiff, Wales, on Thursday evening
A group of women are walking down the street in Cardiff, Wales tonight before the new restrictions apply
Mr. Drakeford said, "It thrives on our normal human behavior and all the places and opportunities we come together." Pictured: Cardiff
Face-covered people walk past a police car late at night in Cardiff and watch the drinkers
Three friends smile for a photo during their night out in Cardiff on Thursday night
A man looks through the window of a restaurant as he waits for dinner in Cardiff last night
Wales flags hang on lampposts as police cars drive through the streets in Cardiff last night
What will the new rules for drinking in Wales be like tonight?
As of Friday, the sale of alcohol in licensed pubs, cafes and restaurants is prohibited
People without a license can sell alcoholic beverages to take away
The pubs also have to close at 6 p.m. every day, but can offer snacks after 6 p.m. for guests who order drinks and food
The Welsh government said pubs with an off-sale license can continue to sell alcohol as part of their take-away offering until 10 p.m.
The new guidelines will be reviewed on December 17th
It comes after Prime Minister Mark Drakeford said infection rates in the country had risen and warned of 1,700 "preventable deaths" in the winter.
Wetherspoon pubs in Wales will close after boss Tim Martin said Mr Drakeford's alcohol ban would be "ruinously expensive" to his business.
Mr Martin announced that more than 50 pubs across Wales will close at 6pm on Friday.
The pub chain founder accused the First Minister of speaking about the health risks of the coronavirus and ruled out opening his pubs just to sell groceries.
Mr Martin said: “I do not want to close the Welsh by criticizing their First Minister, but he does speak of Schuster.
“There is very good evidence that locks, and this is a type of lock, just doesn't work.
“There are many examples of this around the world. This tactic of fear that so many people will die is nonsense in my opinion. & # 39;
Mr. Martin went on to say that it was not profitable for his business to stay open in the face of the restrictions.
He continued: “We are closing. It will not be possible to open it. We tried Scotland when they put rules similar to Wales in place for a couple of weeks but it was ruinously expensive.
“You can open up to groceries, which is a pretty large percentage of our trade, but what happens is a lot of people go out for a glass of wine or beer with a meal, so you lose a lot of your grocery sales, well. Overall, it's not feasible. & # 39;
Health Secretary Vaughan Gething said routine coronavirus testing of frontline health and social workers in Wales will begin on December 14.
Wetherspoon boss Tim Martin ruled out his pubs opening just to sell food and soft drinks and confirmed that more than 50 pubs across Wales will close at 6pm on Friday
First Minister Mark Drakeford on Monday outlined a series of measures for the hospitality sector, banning the sale of alcohol in bars and restaurants
Asymptomatic lateral flow tests, giving results within 30 minutes, are made available to clinical and non-clinical NHS staff and nursing staff.
On Friday, Mr. Gething said the regular asymptomatic testing regime would not eliminate the risks of ingesting and transmitting the virus.
He said, "It is important for everyone to understand that testing alone cannot eliminate the risks associated with Covid-19. Testing must be done in conjunction with other infection prevention measures, such as the use of PPE, social distancing, and the like Hand hygiene. "
He added, “We will begin rolling out the program for these groups on December 14, starting with those working in high-risk services and rolling it out to low-risk environments in January.
"We will also introduce regular asymptomatic testing of employees who work in inpatient hospice departments and employees who provide hospice services at home."
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