Selfish " Covid tourists" have been slammed by hero police officers for putting lives at risk to guzzle a pint.
Police have slapped a "shocking" number of punters with £200 fines after revellers travelled into Tier Two York for a night on the town.
Many had made their way from Tier Three areas, potentially spreading coronavirus only days before Christmas.
West and South Yorkshire are under much tougher restrictions as case numbers are worse there, The Mirror reported.
But North Yorkshire Police found swathes of travellers coming from outside their patch.
Reports suggest that people had even travelled from the south of England, where the virus is rampant, to get their jollies.
In North Yorkshire, many fines were handed out to revellers who were from multiple households, flouting the rules.
Superintendent Mike Walker said: "We believe we have handed out over 160 tickets. The vast majority were issued to Tier 3 residents who visited York to mix indoors, which is in clear breach of restrictions.
"We have stated our teams would be patrolling, speaking to the public and encouraging them to adhere to the rules.
"Where we encounter people who refuse to adhere to regulations and believe their pint is more important than someone’s life, we will use our enforcement powers.
"Some people who were spoken to by officers did go home.
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"However, our teams encountered large numbers of people who were not responsive to the advice, leaving us no option but to enforce through the use of fixed penalty notices. If you choose to visit York from Tier 3 areas without a justifiable reason to have made your journey, with our extra patrols, chances are you will encounter one of our officers.
"You’ll be asked about the reason for your visit. It is our responsibility to determine the truth and take the necessary action, in order to stop the spread and save lives."
Meanwhile, York City Council enforcement officers joined forces with police to patrol the city’s popular bars.
Denise Craghill, the executive member for safer communities, said: "We want people to enjoy York safely and in line with rules.
All the accepted reasons you can leave your house in Tiers One, Two, Three and Four
"You should not travel across tier boundaries and, in York, Tier 2 restrictions must be followed: meet only your household or your bubble, or up to six people outside."
She added: "No one in the city wants to put loved ones at risk for the sake of a night out and undo the city’s hard work and sacrifice."
Sobering figures released yesterday showed that the UK had witnessed the highest ever daily increase in Covid-19 cases.
There were 36,804 new positive tests along with 691 deaths, only days after Boris Johnson announced new lockdowns in the South East.
It follows a new strain of the disease ripping through the country.
This time last week, 18,450 new infections had been reported. The high figure this week could be due to a lag from the weekend, reports said.
The UK's overall death toll has now reached 68,307 – with Tuesday's figure the highest since May.
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