Huge crowds spill out of pubs as 10pm curfews see Brits ‘partying’ in UK streets

Huge crowds spill out of pubs as 10pm curfews see Brits ‘partying’ in UK streets
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Punters partying on the streets and packing tubes have Londoners fuming the city is ‘as busy as before lockdown.’

Critics blasted the new 10pm curfew as the new closing time emptied huge crowds onto the streets on the first Friday night since the law took effect.

A BBC reporter described Oxford Circus as like ‘an impromptu party’ as revellers emptied onto the streets all at once.

Charlie Haynes’ clip showed massive crowds mingling in the central London spot – shouting and drinking, and appearing to flout social distancing guidelines.

Scenes captured on the tubes showed masses packing shoulder-to-shoulder to head home early due to the new coronavirus law.

And fuming Londoners snapped pictures of packed escalators as punters turfed out of boozers filled the trains home.

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People leave bars and restaurants at curfew in Soho, London

The busy Friday night in the capital led people to snap pictures of the packed tubes, as they questioned the wisdom of the curfew.

The street party scenes came on the same day Londoners were warned the capital had officially joined the government’s coronavirus watchlist.

Every London borough is now an ‘area of concern’.

The capital is not following other areas into lockdown yet, but its inclusion on the watchlist comes after a week of pressure from London Mayor Sadiq Khan for the government to take action in the city.

People snapped pictures of Tube stations packed as punters headed home

The capital’s tubes were packed tonight, despite the networks remaining relatively quiet in the months since curbs on all but essential travel were relaxed.

Londoners had been urged to stay off transport, amid fears the virus would spread like wildfire on the tube.

People leave bars and restaturants at closing time in Soho

Stations busy with revellers heading home following last orders prompted criticism of the government’s curfew decision on Friday.

CODE Hospitality founder Adam Hyman tweeted a picture of a packed Tube escalator after 10pm, blasting the government for not foreseeing the problem.

“Central Line at Tottenham Court Rd tonight because everyone is being made to leave hospitality establishments at 10pm,” he wrote.”

People spilled out into the streets of central London on Friday night

“Busiest I’ve seen Tube since pre-lockdown. Genius move from Govt.”

And Twitter user Alfie Clifton snapped a picture of a crammed Tube carriage, levelling blame at the Mayor.

He wrote: “Don’t stay in a socially distanced pub/bar/restaurant post 10pm, but all Londoners MUST go home at the same time and cram into the streets and tube….. Sadiq Khan moron.”

Boris Johnson had announced the restrictions for hospitality this week in a bid to curb surging infection rates as the UK spirals into a second wave of the virus.

Critics say the curfew measures cause big crowds to gather outside

Pubs, bars and restaurants must call final orders long before 10pm, and offer table-service only under the strict new rules that took effect on Thursday night.

The measures come barely weeks after the end of the government’s drinking and dining discount scheme designed to boost the struggling sector.

Brits were encouraged to spend up during the popular Eat Out to Help Out scheme intended to be a much-needed shot in the arm for boozers and eateries.

The hospitality industry has been in uproar this week over England’s new measures, warning they didn’t prevent punters kicking on for drinks at parties, despite the ‘rule of six.’

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