Droves hit the towns on first Friday night after lockdown easing

Thirsty Britons went out boozing with their friends and munching on fast food last night on the first Friday night out since pubs in England reopened after months of coronavirus lockdown.

Groups of millennials in Leeds yesterday dolled up and went drinking with pals before tucking into kebabs, pizzas and fish and chips in the early hours of the morning.

Scenes of mayhem included revellers flouting social distancing rules as they flocked to a chippy and sitting on pavements as police approached them after letting their hair down.

It follows scenes of mischief around pubs in England last Saturday as boozers opened their doors to the public for a July 4 bonanza dubbed ‘Super Saturday’ – though just half of all pubs chose to reopen.

Thousands of publicans refused to open their boozers last weekend amid growing fears of economic catastrophe, and as concerns about spreading coronavirus stay high. 

Groups of young people were seen queuing for takeaway food in Leeds in the early hours of the morning after boozing

Groups of young people were seen queuing for takeaway food in Leeds in the early hours of the morning after boozing

Groups of young people were seen queuing for takeaway food in Leeds in the early hours of the morning after boozing

Groups of young people were seen queuing for takeaway food in Leeds in the early hours of the morning after boozing

Groups of young people were seen queuing for takeaway food in Leeds in the early hours of the morning after boozing

Groups of young people were seen queuing for takeaway food in Leeds in the early hours of the morning after boozing

Women dolled up in Leeds and went out for drinks and late night takeaway food on the first Friday night out since lockdown

Women dolled up in Leeds and went out for drinks and late night takeaway food on the first Friday night out since lockdown

Women dolled up in Leeds and went out for drinks and late night takeaway food on the first Friday night out since lockdown

With tipsy millennials flirting with each other after months spent in isolation, publicans battle to keep them apart to save them from flouting social distancing rules and spreading coronavirus

With tipsy millennials flirting with each other after months spent in isolation, publicans battle to keep them apart to save them from flouting social distancing rules and spreading coronavirus

With tipsy millennials flirting with each other after months spent in isolation, publicans battle to keep them apart to save them from flouting social distancing rules and spreading coronavirus

Women dolled up in Leeds and went out for drinks and late night takeaway food on the first Friday night out since lockdown

Women dolled up in Leeds and went out for drinks and late night takeaway food on the first Friday night out since lockdown

Women dolled up in Leeds and went out for drinks and late night takeaway food on the first Friday night out since lockdown

Women dolled up in Leeds and went out for drinks and late night takeaway food on the first Friday night out since lockdown

Women dolled up in Leeds and went out for drinks and late night takeaway food on the first Friday night out since lockdown

Women dolled up in Leeds and went out for drinks and late night takeaway food on the first Friday night out since lockdown

Young women dolled up and hit Leeds city centre last night on the first Friday night since lockdown restrictions were eased

Young women dolled up and hit Leeds city centre last night on the first Friday night since lockdown restrictions were eased

Young women dolled up and hit Leeds city centre last night on the first Friday night since lockdown restrictions were eased

With tipsy millennials flirting with each other after months of isolation, pub landlords are battling to keep them apart to save them from flouting social distancing rules and spread coronavirus. 

Publicans have told of how difficult it is to contain the urges of millennials amid crowded scenes in Soho, central London. Louise Chauvin, 26, who runs the Jaguar Shoes bar in Hoxton, told The Times:  ‘It’s quite hard to communicate to customers, especially after two or three drinks, that they need to behave. 

‘They can’t just get up and go to the bar and get a drink or go to another table and chat to someone random they don’t know. Mostly the issue we have is there’s a table of pretty ladies and a table of pretty boys and they just go over, like, ‘All right do you want a drink?’ – you can’t do that.’

Roy O’Keefe, owner of The Tib Street Tavern in Manchester, said: ‘The older crowd don’t seem to be coming in as much, it’s all lager that we’re selling at the moment – so you can tell it’s a younger age group.’ 

Women dolled up in Leeds and went out for drinks and late night takeaway food on the first Friday night out since lockdown

Women dolled up in Leeds and went out for drinks and late night takeaway food on the first Friday night out since lockdown

Women dolled up in Leeds and went out for drinks and late night takeaway food on the first Friday night out since lockdown

Women dolled up in Leeds and went out for drinks and late night takeaway food on the first Friday night out since lockdown

Women dolled up in Leeds and went out for drinks and late night takeaway food on the first Friday night out since lockdown

Women dolled up in Leeds and went out for drinks and late night takeaway food on the first Friday night out since lockdown

Scenes of mayhem included police encountering a reveller sat on the pavement after going out boozing

Scenes of mayhem included police encountering a reveller sat on the pavement after going out boozing

Scenes of mayhem included police encountering a reveller sat on the pavement after going out boozing

A group of three men drinking VKs are seen heading out in Leeds on the first Friday night since lockdown was eased

A group of three men drinking VKs are seen heading out in Leeds on the first Friday night since lockdown was eased

A group of three men drinking VKs are seen heading out in Leeds on the first Friday night since lockdown was eased

With tipsy millennials flirting with each other after months spent in isolation, publicans battle to keep them apart to save them from flouting social distancing rules and spreading coronavirus

With tipsy millennials flirting with each other after months spent in isolation, publicans battle to keep them apart to save them from flouting social distancing rules and spreading coronavirus

With tipsy millennials flirting with each other after months spent in isolation, publicans battle to keep them apart to save them from flouting social distancing rules and spreading coronavirus

Women dolled up in Leeds and went out for drinks and late night takeaway food on the first Friday night out since lockdown

Women dolled up in Leeds and went out for drinks and late night takeaway food on the first Friday night out since lockdown

Women dolled up in Leeds and went out for drinks and late night takeaway food on the first Friday night out since lockdown

MailOnline reported how an Oxfordshire pub has banned drinkers under the age of 25 – because they can’t stick to social distancing rules. David Haines, landlord of The Royal Standard, said younger drinkers were putting staff and customers at risk by not adhering to the guidelines.

Those under 25-years-old will still be able to stay in the pub in Wallingford, Oxfordshire, until 8pm, but not after.

News of the pub’s new rules was shared on Facebook, and many commented on the post saying that the right decision had been made.

The post said: ‘(over) the last three nights have seen us attract unprecedented numbers of younger drinkers who are refusing to adhere to any social distancing rules which, in the current climate, is putting both our staff and our regular customers at risk.

The Royal Standard pub in Oxfordshire has been inundated with drinkers and has taken its own measures to ensure social distancing is better imposed

The Royal Standard pub in Oxfordshire has been inundated with drinkers and has taken its own measures to ensure social distancing is better imposed

The Royal Standard pub in Oxfordshire has been inundated with drinkers and has taken its own measures to ensure social distancing is better imposed

This Facebook post was issued, in which the pub outlined how drinkers under the age of 25 would be asked to leave the premises after 8pm

This Facebook post was issued, in which the pub outlined how drinkers under the age of 25 would be asked to leave the premises after 8pm

This Facebook post was issued, in which the pub outlined how drinkers under the age of 25 would be asked to leave the premises after 8pm

‘We apologise to those who are affected and will review this decision periodically until we are in safer times.’

The move comes in the aftermath of many pubs up and down the UK struggling to adapt to the new normal, as the coronavirus pandemic continues. 

A senior police officer has predicted a fresh coronavirus onslaught after confronted with ‘pub fights, drunken violence and drunken, drugged-up fools’ on July 4 – the first night in which pubs re-opened their doors and started to serve again.

Social distancing was declared to be in tatters after jubilant drinkers called time on lockdown and descended on the nation’s pubs.

Cities across Britain were heaving on a scale not seen since Boris Johnson ordered bars to shutter over a hundred days ago.

The beer garden in the Oxfordshire pub, which shows tables separated to distance drinkers

The beer garden in the Oxfordshire pub, which shows tables separated to distance drinkers

The beer garden in the Oxfordshire pub, which shows tables separated to distance drinkers

Bottles of Corona were sold inside the pub along with a joking quip: 'Coronavirus vaccine'

Bottles of Corona were sold inside the pub along with a joking quip: 'Coronavirus vaccine'

Bottles of Corona were sold inside the pub along with a joking quip: ‘Coronavirus vaccine’

The government has come under fire for lifting restrictions too early while Leicester is still battling its own local outbreak, with many opting to stay at home for fear of driving a second nationwide wave.

But Health Secretary Matt Hancock was triumphant in the aftermath of pubs returning, telling Sky’s Sophy Ridge: ‘I think that from what I have seen although there are some pictures to the contrary, very, very largely people have acted responsibly.

‘And this balanced message is so important – people should enjoy summer safely and of course the emphasis is both on enjoy and safely.

‘We, of course, everybody knows that we are doing everything we can to get back to normal but only to do that where it is safe to do so.’ 

Meanwhile a single super-spreader forced a pub, a vape bar and an Indian restaurant to close after he went out drinking before later discovering he had tested positive for Covid-19. 

The mystery drinker visited The Lighthouse Inn in Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, before heading to Vape Escape during his bar crawl on Saturday, locals have claimed.

A driver from takeaway Saagar Indian had also been in the same pub as the man who has been praised for doing ‘the right thing’ by telling the businesses he visited about his result.

The three venues were forced to close out of precaution, clean and disinfect the premises, and have all their staff tested.

Though Vape Escape has reopened again, The Lighthouse Inn remains closed. The Indian takeaway is also closed ‘temporarily’.

The mystery drinker visited The Lighthouse Inn (pictured) in Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset before heading to Vape Escape during his bar crawl, locals have claimed

The mystery drinker visited The Lighthouse Inn (pictured) in Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset before heading to Vape Escape during his bar crawl, locals have claimed

The mystery drinker visited The Lighthouse Inn (pictured) in Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset before heading to Vape Escape during his bar crawl, locals have claimed

Vape Escape was also visited by the man, but they have already being able to reopen thanks to negative test results and a thorough 'deep clean'

Vape Escape was also visited by the man, but they have already being able to reopen thanks to negative test results and a thorough 'deep clean'

Vape Escape was also visited by the man, but they have already being able to reopen thanks to negative test results and a thorough ‘deep clean’

A driver from takeaway Saagar Indian had also been in the same pub as the man, who later tested positive for the coronavirus. It has closed 'temporarily'

A driver from takeaway Saagar Indian had also been in the same pub as the man, who later tested positive for the coronavirus. It has closed 'temporarily'

A driver from takeaway Saagar Indian had also been in the same pub as the man, who later tested positive for the coronavirus. It has closed ‘temporarily’

Meanwhile, Durham Constabulary temporarily closed the Number One Bar in Darlington when officers decided staff were not in control of how customers were behaving.

The force also temporarily closed The Wheatsheaf pub in Chilton, County Durham, blaming ‘irresponsible behaviour’ at the two venues.

Three pubs in West Yorkshire, Hampshire and Somerset were all forced to close after drinkers tested positive for coronavirus.

Thousands of boozers reopened their doors to the public following months of lockdown. Over half remained shut, however.  

The Lighthouse Inn’s pub landlady Jess Green said the experience had been ‘stressful’.

Ms Green shut the pub and rang at least 90 people who had left their contact details when they had visited on Saturday.

She told BBC Radio 4’s World At One programme: ‘The main thing that was going through our heads was we had to make sure everyone was safe, that we contacted everyone of our customers.

‘We took it upon ourselves, because obviously Test and Trace can do all that, but we took it upon ourselves to do it because we knew that we had done it before it got out there. It took us all day, we finished at about 10 o’clock last night.

‘Our (list) was about 90 and there were actually more but if they were in a social bubble or a household, we took the main person and they spoke to the people they were with, so it could have been more than that.’

Durham Constabulary temporarily closed the Number One Bar in Darlington when officers decided staff were not in control of how customers were behaving

Durham Constabulary temporarily closed the Number One Bar in Darlington when officers decided staff were not in control of how customers were behaving

Durham Constabulary temporarily closed the Number One Bar in Darlington when officers decided staff were not in control of how customers were behaving

The force also temporarily closed The Wheatsheaf pub in Chilton, County Durham, blaming 'irresponsible behaviour' at the two venues

The force also temporarily closed The Wheatsheaf pub in Chilton, County Durham, blaming 'irresponsible behaviour' at the two venues

The force also temporarily closed The Wheatsheaf pub in Chilton, County Durham, blaming ‘irresponsible behaviour’ at the two venues

When asked what the experience was like, she said: ‘Stressful – that’s probably the only word I can use.’  

Speaking about the closure, she said: ‘The pub will not re-open until our seven staff have tested negative and we should get the test results back today.

‘We’ve decided to close the pub to keep our staff and customers safe. We completed a full clean of the pub on Monday, in line with government guidance, and so we could actually re-open.

‘But we have pro-actively taken the decision to close – and we have received lots of positive feedback from the local community.

‘The man who tested positive has done the right thing in informing the businesses that he attended so we can inform customers and get everyone tested.’  

The Indian takeaway, Saagar Indian, has also put a notice in the window stating that they had closed temporarily as a precaution.

Then they shared further news on social media, stating that one of their staff may have come into contact with the infected man.

They wrote: ‘It saddens me to tell you all that due to unforeseen circumstances, we are closing Saagar Indian takeaway up until Friday.

‘This is because one of the drivers has been in the same pub as the person who has tested positive to Covid-19.

‘This decision was not made easily, however during these tough times everybody’s health is the number one priority.

‘During this period we will be deep cleaning the whole building to ensure when it is re-opened we will be ready to go.’

‘We look forward to seeing you all again very soon.’

Vape Escape was also visited by the man, but they have already being able to reopen thanks to negative test results and a thorough ‘deep clean’.

The Village Home in Alverstoke, Hampshire is one of three pubs that have been forced to close after a customer tested positive for coronavirus

The Village Home in Alverstoke, Hampshire is one of three pubs that have been forced to close after a customer tested positive for coronavirus

The Village Home in Alverstoke, Hampshire is one of three pubs that have been forced to close after a customer tested positive for coronavirus

Owner Leanne Underhill, said: ‘It wasn’t the re-opening we had planned and we were informed on Sunday that a customer who had visited us had tested positive.

‘All of our staff have been tested and have come back negative. All customers have been informed, in line with Government guidance.

‘We have been following all the safety guidelines and because we took the names and numbers of customers as they entered the bar. 

‘All of them have been able to be contacted.

‘As soon as I got the message about the positive test result on Sunday, I immediately closed the bar, locked up and spoke with the NHS and Police who informed us of the correct steps, all of which we have followed.

‘We have undertaken a full, deep clean and steam cleaned the premises and also disinfected everything, including all customer areas such as the toilets.’ 

The Fox and Hounds, in Batley, Yorkshire, wrote: 'This morning I got a phone call off a customer which visited our pub on Saturday to say they'd tested positive for coronavirus'

The Fox and Hounds, in Batley, Yorkshire, wrote: 'This morning I got a phone call off a customer which visited our pub on Saturday to say they'd tested positive for coronavirus'

The Fox and Hounds, in Batley, Yorkshire, wrote: ‘This morning I got a phone call off a customer which visited our pub on Saturday to say they’d tested positive for coronavirus’

The Lighthouse Inn in Burnham-on-Sea said it was forced to close and contact customers who had visited on Saturday after a customer tested positive for COVID-19

The Lighthouse Inn in Burnham-on-Sea said it was forced to close and contact customers who had visited on Saturday after a customer tested positive for COVID-19

The Lighthouse Inn in Burnham-on-Sea said it was forced to close and contact customers who had visited on Saturday after a customer tested positive for COVID-19

A closure notice at the Number One Bar in Darlington said: ‘When officers arrived at the premises the music was too loud and there was no social distancing taking place.

‘Customers were stood up at the bar, when staff were spoken to by officers, the staff stated that customers would not listen to their instructions and effectively could not control what was taking place in the premises. 

‘The bar owner was intoxicated and argumentative. He did not seem aware of the guidelines and was certainly not adhering to them.’

The bar’s Facebook page said it had reopened for business. 

Chief Inspector Neal Bickford said: ‘We want to say a massive thank you to those responsible establishments who complied with all the regulations to allow people to have a safe and enjoyable trip back to the pub.

‘We know it has been a tough three months for both businesses and revellers so it was great to see the vast majority of people working with us.

‘We will always look to work with those who need to improve but unfortunately two premises did have to be closed on Saturday following unacceptable behaviour.’ 

The Fox & Hounds, in Batley, West Yorkshire and The Village Home in Alverstoke, Hampshire were also among the first pubs in England to close following the easing of lockdown restrictions. 

The Fox and Hounds wrote on Facebook: ‘I got a phone call off a customer which visited our pub on Saturday to say they’d tested positive for coronavirus.

‘On their visit they was unaware and had no symptoms but after seeing a post off another place they’d visited thought it was best to take a test to which come back positive. Due to privacy reason we won’t be naming this person.’

Management have sought advice from NHS Track and Trace. All staff have been tested for the virus and the pub is undergoing a deep clean.

Scenes in London on Saturday night saw young people getting drunk and abandoning social distancing rules on day one of pubs reopening and lockdown rules loosening

Scenes in London on Saturday night saw young people getting drunk and abandoning social distancing rules on day one of pubs reopening and lockdown rules loosening

Scenes in London on Saturday night saw young people getting drunk and abandoning social distancing rules on day one of pubs reopening and lockdown rules loosening

‘We fully understand this is a scary time but want to ensure our customer safety is our main priority in these tough times,’ the post read.

‘Over the past few weeks we have put alot of hard work into the pub following government guidance to get us opened back up.

‘Anyone that has visited us this weekend can see our new lay out of tables of one metre plus, our one way systems, full table service and continuously cleaning throughout.’  

In a statement posted online, the Village Home said they hope to reopen on Saturday: ‘Anyone who was in the pub over the weekend there is no need to isolate unless you show symptoms or are contacted direct by the trace group.’

It comes as an expert warned that Britain will suffer ‘big’ COVID-19 outbreaks if people flout social distancing rules.

Dr David Nabarro, a World Health Organization coronavirus expert, conceded that ‘everybody has got to have fun’ after more than 100 days of lockdown.

But he warned clusters of the virus will inevitably break out if Britons can’t obey social distancing while enjoying their newfound freedoms as pubs, restaurants and holiday destinations reopen.

The ‘one metre plus’ rule was left in tatters on ‘Super Saturday’ when jubilant drinkers called time on lockdown and descended on the nation’s pubs.

Cities across Britain were heaving on a scale not seen since Boris Johnson ordered bars to close in a desperate bid to control Covid-19 on March 23.  

Leicestershire Police were forced to impose an urgent dispersal order on Market Harborough (pictured) when booze-fuelled disorder erupted on Saturday night

Leicestershire Police were forced to impose an urgent dispersal order on Market Harborough (pictured) when booze-fuelled disorder erupted on Saturday night

Leicestershire Police were forced to impose an urgent dispersal order on Market Harborough (pictured) when booze-fuelled disorder erupted on Saturday night

Friends embraced in the streets of Soho, London on Sunday, the second day since lockdown restrictions were eased in England

Friends embraced in the streets of Soho, London on Sunday, the second day since lockdown restrictions were eased in England

Friends embraced in the streets of Soho, London on Sunday, the second day since lockdown restrictions were eased in England

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