Hoards of revellers headed to the streets in their droves last night after bars and pubs booted them out at 10 pm, assembling in huge gatherings and violating social distancing rules.
Vast swathes of Saturday night drinkers were seen downing pints on empty roads in Soho, London, while others rushed to buy alcohol from off licences in Leeds after the newly imposed rules meant venues closed early.
Boozed fuelled masses also assembled at the popular Harbourside area in Bristol and on the streets of nightlife hotspot Newcastle.
The inflow of merry revellers elevated the risk of spreading the virus even more as they crowded together on public transport after Uber fares swelled by 2.6 per cent due to increased demand in London.
The Prime Minister’s decision to impose the 10 pm curfew has been hit by criticism after it was announced the move was not supported by SAGE, the panel of scientific experts chaired by Sir Patrick Vallance.
According to a news outlet, SAGE members are said to be increasingly frustrated that they’re being vetoed while simultaneously being scapegoated for the more drastic measures.
A former World Health Organisation director, Professor Karol Sikora, also highlighted concerns, asking, where is the evidence? And that closing a little earlier will just hurt so many business owners.
SAGE scientists are reportedly calling on the Government to release their advice to exonerate them from any part in mooting a pub curfew.
It comes as homes in the Welsh town of Llanelli were barred from entering each other’s homes and gardens from 6 pm, with the nation’s two largest cities of Cardiff and Swansea following suit.
Residents are also prohibited from entering or leaving the areas without a good reason.
It comes after lockdowns were already imposed in large swathes of the North East and North West of England and more than a quarter of the United Kingdom is under tighter restrictions, including half of the Welsh population.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said there had been an acceleration of COVID 19 cases across the country, particularly in the North West and the North East and that working alongside their scientific and public health experts and local leaders, they were prepared to take quick and assertive measures to facilitate the transmission of the virus and protect communities.
He also said that he recognised the burden and impact these additional measures have on our daily lives but that we must act collectively and quickly to bring down infections.
There’s a 98.5 per cent survival rate in the United Kingdom and yet the Government are locking people up, well the Government should get over themselves because this has gone too far and now they’re just trying to control us.
And not only that, they’re doing it while taking the proverbial piddle. First, they lock us down, then they say we can go to eat out and they will let us eat out at half price, which we all thought was fantastic.
But they also told everyone they could go back to work. Now they’re just locking us down entirely. So, they took our freedom away and then delivered it to us on a plate and now they’re taking it away again – it’s like a game to them.
And I don’t know if anyone has realised but police states have curfews – this is just dictatorship.
It’s just a shame the UK Government wasn’t intelligent enough and gracious enough to spend money on essential things like preparation for this widely anticipated global pandemic rather than endeavouring to buy peoples votes, now we’re all paying for it, some of us with our lives.