A picture speaks a thousand words, & these 3 pictures of last night in Liverpool show why the 10.00pm closure of pubs and restaurants is simply making things worse not better. This was repeated right across the UK. pic.twitter.com/IEs7NtzrlY— Joe Anderson (@mayor_anderson) September 27, 2020
Mayor of Greater Manchester
There should be an "urgent review" of 10pm closure times for restaurants and pubs, Greater Manchester's mayor says.
Andy Burnham said it meant people were gathering in homes and supermarkets that were "packed out to the rafters" once the bars closed.
Scenes of crowds forming after closing time have been filmed in UK cities including Liverpool and York.
Manchester Night time Economy Advisor - Greater Manchester -
It’s very clear, across the UK, that this ill thought out 10pm curfew, has pushed everyone out of venues with socially distanced measures, into the streets, into off licenses, supermarkets, over crowded public transport and house parties. Every operator predicted this. Shambolic.— Sacha Lord (@Sacha_Lord) September 27, 2020
Scenes in York -
Covid in Scotland: Police break up hundreds of house parties
Police broke up "at least" 300 house parties across Scotland over the weekend, with 14 arrests being made.
More than 100 fines were issued between Friday and Sunday, with officers having to force entry to three households.
Police Scotland said its analysis suggested house parties were being held "in every community and age group".
UK landowner fined £10k for wedding party
A landowner has been issued with a £10,000 fine for hosting a wedding party with 100 to 300 people in attendance, police said.
Police said they had received calls about the event taking place on land near New Farnley, Leeds at about 17:00 BST on Saturday.
The force said the group had been dispersed by 21:30.
One of the landowners, aged 49, was identified and issued a fine for breaching coronavirus legislation.
Ch Supt Damien Miller said it had been an "absolutely blatant breach" of the law...
Rush hour Warrington
People simply don't give a flying fuck do they...
Obviously the governments fault though!
To be serious for a moment, we know people won't follow the rules and we can't/wont enforcement otherwise there would be riots on the streets, so all we can do is to try and control things the best we can.
I can understand the government wanting people to go home before they get their beer googles on and give up any semblance of social distancing but that clearly didn't go to plan - I think most of us could have guessed it wouldn't anyway!
I can understand the government want the pubs and restaurants open and people spending money to keep the economy moving too!
I'm not sure what the answer is short of telling everyone who as major health issues or 70 and over to go into lockdown for however long it takes until they come up with a vaccine or similar for this.
Clearly though they've dug another hole, although a well meaning one, to expect people to go home sensibly after the pubs are shut at ten!
It was never going to happen like that was it!