NOTTINGHAM'S bars were packed out tonight as stricter coronavirus restrictions are set to come into force tomorrow – including a 9pm booze curfew.
Revellers were seen queueing in the streets for one final hurrah before Nottingham goes into tougher "Tier 3 plus" coronavirus rules.
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Young people braved the cold October weather to go to bars – which don't serve a "substantial meal" – for the last time for at least four weeks.
It comes as Nottinghamshire plunges into a "Tier 3 plus" with extra new rules including shutting beauty salons, a 9pm booze curfew and even a ban on shisha.
The area will face the toughest lockdown in the country with a string of new closures and extra rules for 800,000 people.
Hospitals in the area have been forced to cancel operations and infection rates across the region are spiralling out of control.
The Tier 3 lockdown will apply to Nottingham, Broxtowe, Gedling, and Rushcliffe, Ashfield, Bassetlaw, Mansfield and Newark and Sherwood, meaning a total of 828,000 people will have tougher restrictions.
Nonetheless, boozers were out in full force – with many dressing up in costumes to celebrate an early Halloween.
Minions, Power Rangers and preppy cheerleaders were among some of the outfits that the Nottingham revellers dressed up as.
By midnight, the area will face even tougher rules than Greater Manchester, Liverpool, Lancashire and South Yorkshire.
Drinkers will face a 9pm curfew buying alcohol in shops, but will be allowed to carry on in pubs until 10 – as long as they are having a substantial meal.
All hospitality will have to serve "substantial meals" or will be told to close down and do take-away and delivery only.
Shisha sharing will be banned in cafes, and – close contact services like tattoo parlours, tanning and nail salons and piercing services.
Hairdressers and leisure centres can remain open, but group classes will be discouraged.
Betting shops, car boot sales and auction houses must close too.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “We have seen infection rates rising sharply across Nottinghamshire, and in close collaboration with local leaders we have agreed on a package of local measures to stop this virus in its tracks.
“I understand how difficult life is under these restrictions and the impact they have on families and businesses, but we never take these decisions lightly.”
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