Bars in NOTTINGHAM were full tonight as tighter coronavirus restrictions are expected to take effect tomorrow – including a 9 p.m. curfew for alcohol.
Partiers were seen singing through the streets for a final hurray before Nottingham entered the tighter ‘Tier 3 plus’ coronavirus lockdown.
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People braved the October cold to go to bars – which do not serve “big meals” – for the last time in at least four weeks.
It comes as Nottinghamshire plunges into ‘Tier 3 plus’ with additional new rules, including the closure of beauty salons, a 9pm curfew on alcohol and even a shisha ban.
The region will face the most difficult lockdown in the country with a series of new closures and additional rules for 800,000 people.
Hospitals in the region have been forced to cancel operations and infection rates across the region are spiraling out of control.
The level 3 lockdown will apply to Nottingham, Broxtowe, Gedling and Rushcliffe, Ashfield, Bassetlaw, Mansfield and Newark and Sherwood, meaning a total of 828,000 people will be subject to tighter restrictions.
Still, the boozers were in full force – with plenty of fancy dress to celebrate an early Halloween.
From Minions and Power Rangers to cheerleaders and angels – Nottingham’s revelers went out of their way to dress up for the last night on the town.
Dozens of people gathered in small side streets to celebrate the last night before the tougher restrictions were applied.
At midnight the region will face even stricter rules than those of Greater Manchester, Liverpool, Lancashire and South Yorkshire.
Drinkers will face a 9 p.m. curfew to purchase alcohol in stores, but will be allowed to continue in pubs until 10 a.m. – as long as they have a heavy meal.
All hospitality will have to serve “substantial meals” or be asked to shut down and only make take out and deliveries.
Shisha sharing will be banned in cafes and – close contact services such as tattoo parlors, tanning and nail salons, and piercing services.
Hairdressers and leisure centers can remain open, but group lessons will be discouraged.
Betting shops, car shoe sales and auction houses are also to close.
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Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: ‘We have seen infection rates rise sharply in Nottinghamshire, and working closely with local leaders we have agreed on a package of local measures to stop this virus in its tracks.
“I understand how difficult life is under these restrictions and the impact they have on families and businesses, but we never take these decisions lightly.”