Revellers hit the streets for final drink before they are plunged into Tier 4 lockdown tonightDecember 30, 2020
DRINKERS across the country hit the town tonight ahead of a UK-wide pub shutdown tomorrow.
The only place in the country where revellers can hit the bars from tomorrow onwards is the Scilly Isels.
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From tonight, three-quarters of the UK will be plunged into Tier 4 – meaning all non-essential businesses, including pubs, will be shut.
Meanwhile, millions more will be faced with tough Tier 3 rules, which also means pubs will have to shut their doors.
Party-goers were seen dressed to the nines hitting the town in Liverpool, Tyneside and Devon.
But NHS chiefs tonight gave a stark warning that "covid loves a crowd" as they begged Brits to follow rules, stay indoors and celebrate the New Year with your "nearest and dearest" tomorrow.
Speaking at tonight's press conference Prof Powis told the nation: "We know it's the end of the year, it's a time where people traditionally want to celebrate.
"But it is absolutely vital that this year, everybody continues to follow the guidance by staying at home and not mixing."
He added: "We can all play a part in fighting this terrible virus. Stay at home. Mark the New Year with just your nearest and dearest."
And in a stark message, he warned: "Covid loves a crowd."
His sobering words follow equally powerful messages from both the PM and chief scientist Johnathan Van-Tam.
Boris told Brits tonight: " I must ask you to follow the rules where you live tomorrow night and see in the New Year safely at home.
"That means not meeting up with friends or family indoors, unless they are in the same household or support bubble, and avoiding large gatherings of any kind."
And JVT said: "Unfortunately it’s a pretty grim and depressing picture at the moment."
Describing the situation in the UK as "precarious," Mr Van-Tam also chillingly warned that "it is almost certainly true that the NHS has not yet seen the impact of infections that will have occurred on Christmas Day."
Again, pleading with Brits to stay at home this New Year, he added: "You have just got to play your part now in bringing us back from this very dangerous situation that we find ourselves in."
Professor Powis also paid a tribute to NHS staff all over the country, thanking them for their incredible efforts and hard work this year – particularly over the festive period.
He added NHS staff had gone "many many extra miles over the course of this year."
It comes after a worrying 981 people died today of coronavirus, with 50,023 new infections.
All of the North-East of England – including Cumbria, Cheshire, Warrington, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Blackpool, and Blackburn with Darwen – will be thrown into Tier 4 from midnight.
Most of the West Midlands and all of the East Midlands, except Rutland will be put into Tier 4.
Areas in the South-East that were not already under Tier 4 restrictions, will also be given the tougher rules.
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