BOOZED up revelers took to the pubs and bars ahead of the 10pm curfew today.
To get around the new coronavirus rules, the British took action early, which resulted in some pretty messy scenes across the country.
Some bars and clubs have opened from 3pm today.
Snaps showed punters roaming the streets across the country, making the most of the night before the 10pm curfew.
In Nottingham, police were called in to disperse the crowds this evening.
Groups have spilled out of bars and pubs in Leeds after a day of drinking.
As of 12:01 am this morning, Leeds, Blackpool, Wigan and Stockport were hit with a new ban on mixing households.
It is now forbidden to meet people from other households, including in the gardens.
Residents of these neighborhoods are advised not to meet people outside of their homes or to blow bubbles in any location, be it a bar, shop or restaurant. ‘a recreation center – indoors or outdoors.
Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Stockton-on-Tees, Darlington, Redcar and Cleveland (Teesside) have been moved to enhanced support areas.
Footage from Oxford Circus in central London last night showed punters swarming the streets as pubs and bars all closed at the same time.
A BBC reporter described the scenes as “an impromptu party” showing how the capital is “as busy as it was before the lockdown”.
Charlie Haynes’s video showed crowds screaming and drinking – while appearing to ignore social distancing guidelines.
Piers Morgan called the scenes a ‘farce’ – and came hours after London was placed on the government’s coronavirus watchlist.
Other images showed people filling escalators and packing in the tube shoulder to shoulder as they walked home early due to the new coronavirus law.
The mayor of London said yesterday the city was at a ‘tipping point’ after a spike in cases.
Tougher restrictions will come into effect Thursday evening after the Prime Minister warns that “your cough could be someone else’s death knell.”
On a nationwide broadcast this week, Mr Johnson called on the country to unite to defeat the virus.
According to the new measures, all restaurants and pubs will have to close at 10 p.m. and masks will have to be worn in more places.
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The Prime Minister urged the British to show “discipline, determination and a spirit of solidarity” to get Britain through the “difficult” winter months ahead – or to face a new national lockdown.
He recently said another national stop would be the “last thing” he wanted.
But the surge in cases of the virus has led to tighter restrictions.