Revellers in tier 2 hit town on 'Mad Friday' while they still can still party

Partygoers in tier two regions hit bars and pubs on ‘Mad Friday’, one day before tough new restrictions were announced across Britain.

The Friday before Christmas is one of the biggest nights of the year, and while coronavirus rules may have scaled things back from previous years, revellers were still out in force.

Pubs and restaurants can only operate takeaway or delivery services under tier three, but boozers in tier two areas can still serve alcohol, as long as it’s with a ‘substantial meal’.

The streets of Liverpool looked lively last night, despite rain and chilly temperatures.

And York, the only part of Yorkshire not to go into tier three today following a nationwide review of the system, became a drinking hotspot for people in surrounding areas.

Shortly after shakeup of tiers, DM Deamer wrote to the York Press : ‘A taxi driver told me of a large number of visitors to York from the West Riding, Teesside, Manchester and Liverpool, all Tier 3 areas.

‘They had all come, he said, for the relative freedom of York’s Tier 2, like bees around a honey pot.

‘York has become an attraction for people from more restricted areas and as such we would be far better in Tier 3.’

Despite being in the third tier, revellers in Newcastle still managed to have a great night out, drinking takeaway pints on the street.

This morning 21 areas were plunged into the harshest tier three restrictions, particularly in the East and South East of England, in light of rising cases and mutant variant of coronavirus that spreads 70% faster than previous versions.

But within less than 24 hours, Boris Johnson announced that London, and large swathes of the South East and East would be moved to a new tier four from tomorrow – practically the same as November’s lockdown.

Plans to allow up to three households to mix in festive bubbles between December 23-27 have now been limited to just Christmas Day itself in tiers one, two and three and scrapped completely in tier four.

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