Revellers party night away after New Year’s Eve spared from extra Covid restrictions


As Boris Johnson gave the green light on New Year’s Eve parties, Brits celebrated by heading straight out for a pint with their pals – many were seen dancing and partying in the streets

Many were elated at the news of no more restrictions
Many were elated at the news of no more restrictions

Brits hit pubs and clubs across the UK last night in celebration – as it was announced that upcoming New Year’s Eve would be safe from another lockdown.

As Boris Johnson confirmed that he would not impose any new restrictions on bars and boozers before the end of 2021, people celebrated in the one way they know best – to go to the pub.

The Prime Minister was set for crunch talks with his right hand officials yesterday after the Christmas weekend, to discuss the rising cases of Covid amid the rapidly spreading Omicron variant.

It was the first day that Mr Johnson would see the data following the festive break, but concerns were growing for another full UK lockdown as swathes of people took to social media on Christmas Day and Boxing Day to confess they had tested positive following gatherings.

Brits took to the street in style to celebrate
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But after meeting with experts, Professor Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance to discuss the figures, the PM decided not to impose any further restrictions giving the green light to New Years celebrations.

Following the news, revellers were pictured throwing their arms in the air and around each other as they waited in line to get inside bars and clubs and partied into the night.

Pictured in Leeds as they hit the streets with their pals, many braved the cold weather with bare legs while others donned Santa hats to celebrate the Christmas cheer.

It was celebrations all round after New Years Eve was given the green light
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But a poll by the Independent earlier this month suggested that the majority of people in the UK would be in favour of a two week lockdown to slow the spread of Omicron which appears to be much more transmissible than previous variants.

Full Christmas Covid figures for the whole of the UK have not yet been released, but in England alone a record number of new positive cases were confirmed on Christmas Day.

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Not including data from Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, there were 113,268 new cases recorded on December 25, with 103,558 on Boxing Day and 98,515 in the last 24 hours.

The previous record figure had been 107,055 just before the festive weekend on December 23.

After the first cases of the Omicron variant were confirmed in the UK last month, Boris Johnson reintroduced mandatory face coverings on public transport and in shops and reintroduced fines for those who refuse or forget to wear one.

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The PM also re-introduced day 2 testing for passengers arriving from overseas in the UK but Health Secretary Sajid Javid later admitted this was “a waste of time” according to Labour MP Ben Bradshaw, amid the surging numbers of the variant in the UK.

Now the Secretary of State has faced growing pressure to scrap the travel restrictions including mandatory hotel quarantine for arrivals from red list countries.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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