Pub curfew fails to stop Brits hitting the town as 10pm shutdown comes into force TONIGHT

THE UK's new pub curfew comes into force today – but it hasn't stopped Brits making the most of time at the bar.

New rules shut bars, restaurants and pubs early in a bid to quell surging rates of coronavirus.

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It comes as UK coronavirus cases rose today by 6,634 in the highest increase EVER in 24 hours.

A further 40 deaths were also recorded.

It's a 95 per cent increase on the number of new cases reported this time last week. In total, 416,363 have now been diagnosed with the virus in Britain.

Boris Johnson imposed the curfew, which is expected to last for at least six months, earlier this week as ministers hope to steer away from a second national lockdown.

The new rules also ban customers from ordering from the bar.

However, restrictions haven't stopped new university students heading out to celebrate their first term.

In Preston, students leapt into the air to celebrate an unusually short night out, while outdoor tables were packed in London's Soho as revellers enjoy their evening.

The new curfew has hit restaurants who are now changing their bookings systems to ensure all customers are gone in time.

But the PM says takeaways can continue to be served past the deadline.

He said: "From Thursday all pubs bars and restaurants must operate a table service only expect for takeaways – together with all hospitality venues they must close at 10pm.

"I'm sorry that this will affect many businesses just getting back on their feet but we must act."

Tom Stainer from the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), said: "This is punishing the thousands of responsible publicans across England who are providing a Covid-secure environment for their communities, while already operating at greatly reduced levels in their efforts to keep their customers safe.  

"Make no mistake about this – without a proper financial support package, communities will lose their local forever, people will lose their jobs, and publicans their livelihoods."

As well as the curfew, the hospitality sector will also be restricted to table service only as the Government outlawed drinkers making a trip to the bar.

All retail workers and customers in indoor hospitality settings will be required to wear masks – except when they are seated to eat or drink – while all workers who can work from home are now being encouraged to do so from tomorrow.

Fines for breaking the rule of six and for failing to wear a face covering are increasing to £200 for a first offence.

The police will now have the option of asking the military for support with soldiers potentially being drafted in to guard protected sites in order to allow officers more time to crackdown on rule-breakers.

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