Crowds gathered in Liverpool city center on Tuesday evening when the pubs closed for the last time before new lockdown measures were put in place at midnight.
Videos showed groups of people leaving bars and pubs at 10 p.m. They showed people singing and dancing in the street before being scattered by the police.
A video from an apartment above the party area and sent to the Liverpool Echo, showed dozens of people blocking the streets when a police car tried to move through them.
The person who took the footage said it was “one of the most terrifying sights I have ever seen”.
The witness, who chose to remain anonymous, said: “A large group of young partiers who defied every conceivable social distancing rule attacked a police car on the concert square.
“This event had an especially big impact on me as it became clear that this second suspension that Liverpool will be in from tomorrow has the potential to spark a very dangerous wave of unrest and uprising from people who do not comply with coronavirus restrictions believe this video might just be the beginning. “
Other footage shows people hugging and jumping around while police officers take them out of the area.
Another image of the crowd posted on the Snapchat map was titled “Herd Immunity, Here We Come”.
Liverpool has been ranked in the most restrictive tier three category in England. This is true where transmission rates are rising fastest and the NHS could soon be under “unbearable pressure”. The basic rules here prohibit social mixing indoors, in private gardens and the closure of pubs and bars. People are also advised not to travel in and out of the areas. You can find more information about these rules here.
The Welsh government health minister said Wednesday morning he was speaking to lawyers about banning people from Covid hotspots traveling to Wales.