Revellers enjoy last chance saloon in Wales and Manchester before new lockdowns

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Party-lovers made the most of last orders for a while in Wales and Manchester before stricter lockdown measures kick in.

Clubs and bars in across Manchester and Cardiff were packed on Thursday night ahead of Tier 3 status and a 17-day 'firebreak' respectively.

From 6pm today, all of Wales' non-essential shops and hospitality venues will be forced to close their doors for 17 days as the Welsh government tries to stop Covid-19 spreading further.

As part of the completed lockdown, only 'essential items' can be sold at supermarkets but no official classification has been given to explain what is a must-have product and what is not.

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Anyone who leaves their home throughout Wales must only do so for exercise or 'vital' reasons.

Some snaps show social distancing and the rule of six, falling by the wayside for revellers out to make the most of their final night on the town.

Thursday night also marked many venues' last opportunity for customer cash until lockdown restrictions are relaxed.

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Friends dressed up to make the most of the night and spend money in the country's bars and pubs.

In Greater Manchester pubs and bars cannot open unless they serve 'substantial' meals to everyone ordering booze.

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The region's Mayor Andy Burnham could not persuade Boris Johnson to increase the government's £60m offer of financial support, to £65m.

Mr Burnham claimed £65m was needed to ensure that those businesses forced into closure, can afford to reopen.

Crowds queued for the most popular night spots on Thursday but other licensed premises were left eerily empty in Manchester.

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Greater Manchester's population of around 2.8 million people, will join the 3.1 million in Lancashire and the Liverpool City Region already living under tier three conditions.

Nearly six million people in the north-west of England will be banned from mixing with other households – even with family or lovers in private.

A decision has not been made on whether venues like gyms or casinos can remain open in tier three regions.

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Real estate adviser Altus Group expects more than 1,800 pubs and 140 wine bars, as well as 277 betting shops and 12 casinos to shut in Greater Manchester.

The British Beer and Pub Association says the restrictions will have a "devastating impact on pubs, brewers and their wider supply chain".

An official from the organisation said the "survival of all pubs is hanging perilously in the balance".

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced more support for the industry which relies on people heading out to socialise.

The Treasury's new package includes making the Job Support Scheme, which replaces the current furlough system, more generous and grants of £2,100 available for firms in tier two areas of England.

  • Coronavirus
  • Lockdown
  • Boris Johnson
  • Pubs

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