This was the scene in Liverpool city center last night when large crowds were pictured leaving pubs, bars and restaurants after the new 10 p.m. curfew.
People said the city was the busiest they had seen in months as customers were asked to leave the eateries early, in accordance with recent state restrictions imposed earlier this week.
Photos shared on social media showed crowds outside the main train station and people queuing for public transport. the echo reports.
A Twitter user said, “The city is an absolute shame, a shame for anyone who engages with these crowds.”
Another wrote, “What a stupid idea it was to have a curfew, I haven’t seen the city in months.”
A third said, “10pm strikes and the city will turn into unbearable drunken chaos. #ChuckingOutTime.”
One photo showed groups gathering in front of Bargain Booze.
Echo reporter Emilia Bona shared the photo on Twitter, saying, “In town to save time, and that’s the situation. Two buses are full before we even get near them and put the officer next to the one Stop in the queue. That doesn’t work. “”
Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson used social media to say, “A picture is worth a thousand words and these three pictures from last night in Liverpool show why the 10pm pubs and restaurants closings make things easy makes it worse and not better. “
This is the first weekend the new 10pm curfew has been in operation in England and Wales and there is mounting evidence of a “second wave” of coronavirus cases.
It meant that bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants are required by law to close between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. But the rule is not only criticized by the mayor of Liverpool.
On social media, Rachael5788 said: “I lost my father to Covid in April. He was 62 years old. I have just been released. The longer this goes on, the worse things get for everyone and the people who act like this, will just go. ” to extend it. This is heartbreaking. “
SirPercivalGlyde37 said, “That’s how predictable these scenes are, and they perfectly symbolize the idiocy of the curfew: How not to facilitate social distancing. And trying to get students, supposedly tomorrow’s smart elite, not to crowd into loudly drunk groups is like trying to herd cats. “
In Cardiff, people were still walking downtown, although there were few complaints about behavior. And not long after the 10 p.m. curfew, the streets were deserted. This is what Cardiff looked like on Friday night.
Police clashed with anti-lockdown protesters in a demonstration in London’s Trafalgar Square on Saturday as officials tried to end the event.
Thousands of people gathered in Trafalgar Square on Saturday with various signs, flags and placards to attend a rally that we disagree with. Very few appear to be wearing face covering or social distancing.
City Police said: “The crowds in Trafalgar Square have failed to meet the terms of their risk assessment and are putting the virus at risk. This has invalidated their risk assessment and we have informed the organizers that they are no longer exempt from the regulations.”
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The force added, “We are now asking those in Trafalgar Square to leave. The officials will be dealing with crowds and informing them of this development. If you leave now you can protect yourself and prevent officials from taking enforcement action. “