REVELLERS hit the town last night for boozy sessions as much of the country is plunged into Tier 4.
Brits were out in force in York and Liverpool, where from this morning pubs have closed their doors.
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Excited people packed out the bars and pubs enjoying one final night of relaxed rules in 2020.
From today they can no longer go to the bar, and can only order takeaways.
All of the pubs in England are now under strict rules, apart from ones in the Isles of Scilly, which is still in Tier 1.
Three-quarters of the country are now in Tier 4 restrictions – which close all non-essential shops and ban household mixing – from midnight tonight.
Under new laws, Brits in Tier 4 now have to order takeaway pints rather than propping up the bar.
Pubs are allowed to still stay open for takeaway or click and collect service, but punters can no longer sit in and go to the bar.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced yesterday that all areas currently in Tier 2 will move to the third or fourth level of restrictions from today.
It comes amid concerns over a mutant strain of Covid which has taken hold across much of the country.
Mr Hancock announced all of the North East of England and most of the Midlands are the latest areas to join the toughest restriction as a result of the mutant Covid strain.
They will remain in place for at least two weeks, with a review to come to see if it needs to be extended.
For those affected, Tier 4 will essentially be a return to the full lockdown which ended in England on December 2.
Yesterday 981 more people were recorded to have died with Covid in the UK – the highest toll since April.
More than 50,000 also tested positive in the second-highest day ever in Britain.
On Tuesday a record 53,135 cases were diagnosed as hospital admissions go well past the April peak.
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