Monday, 26 Oct 2020

Boozy Brits enjoy ‘last orders’ in massive UK bender before 10pm curfew kicks in

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Brits hit the town for one last night of booze-fuelled mayhem before a 10pm curfew kicked in to battle a second wave of coronavirus.

From Thursday, England's drinking spots will be forced to call last orders in time for the curfew, which will be in place indefinitely.

Punters enjoyed their last night before the new rules start and were seen drinking gathering outside pubs and bars last night.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the regulations this week, as England attempts to curb soaring coronavirus infection rates.

Strict rules take effect with 10pm closing times and table-service only rules – which is hoped will end queuing for the bar and lingering outdoors with drinks unless customers are seated.

The hospitality industry has slammed the new measures, as job losses and business closures mount for an industry struck hard by the pandemic, reports MirrorOnline.

The Prime Minister this week warned Brits to expect the restrictions to last at least six months, as the UK battles a second wave of the virus.

Pictures from London nightlife hot-spot Soho show revellers were eager to get their last orders in before the curfews take effect.

And punters queued outside pubs in Blackpool to get their last swills in before the law change.

The measures sparked critique from the frustrated hospitality sector in recent days, including complaints that the rules didn't stop people returning to gather at private homes to drink.

Hospitality UK warned illegal house parties and raves that dogged the UK in the summer would continue long after bars' 10pm closing times.

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Cases on Wednesday soared by 6,178 in a 24-hour period in the third highest daily increase ever during Britain's lockdown.

Another 37 people died, bringing the official death toll across all settings to 41,862.

This week has marked a new milestone in Britain's lockdown six months on, as measures begin ramping up once again just as the grim anniversary is marked and winter looms.

The hospitality sector from Thursday will be restricted to table service by law, along with the closing time curfews.

Retail staff will now have to wear masks while they serve from Monday – not just customers.

And staff and customers at all indoor hospitality venues – such as pubs and restaurants – will be ordered to wear masks by law, except when they are seated at a table to eat or drink.

The measures come on top of other fresh laws including the "rule of six" limiting gatherings.

Millions more in vast swathes of England's north are living under even harsher restrictions in local lockdowns, including forbidding households mixing at all.

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