Sheffield revellers enjoy final night of partying before Tier 3 lockdown

Revellers hit the streets of Sheffield last night in the final hurrah before the city was placed under strict Tier 3 lockdown restrictions.

The restrictions have come into force across the North of England today, with Liverpool, Lancashire and Greater Manchester already under the strictest lockdown.

Last night, Sheffield was turned into an impromptu party with young people wandering from bar to bar carrying drinks.

Many were seen wearing face masks and locking arms as they posed for photos.

Despite the chilly conditions, some opted for skirts and vest tops as they enjoyed the night.

More than a million people have woken up in South Yorkshire today to new and stricter regulations. The new restrictions, affecting over a million Britons come as a Treasury Secretary Steve Barclay has warned people not to expect a "normal" Christmas this year.

The Tier 3 lockdown bans socialising outdoors and pubs and bars will only be allowed to serve drinks to customers who are eating a "substantial meal”

As well as Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster will also be hit with the strict measures today, brought in to limit the spread of coronavirus.

Local leaders in Nottinghamshire are currently negotiating with the government over plans to put parts of the county under Tier 3 restrictions too – with the new rules potentially coming into force as soon as Monday (October 26) or Tuesday (October 27).

Many people have complained that the rules are confusing, with significant overlap between the various tiers.

The medium alert level, Tier 1, currently covers most of the country and more or less duplicates the measures we’ve become used to living with, such as the Rule of Six and the closure of hospitality at 10pm.

The high alert level, Tier 2, bans the mixing of households or support bubbles in any indoor setting. But separate households are still allowed to meet outdoors and in private gardens providing that the Rule of Six is obeyed.

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The very high alert level – Tier 3 – is the strictest measure currently available to the government. It applies to areas "where transmission rates are rising most rapidly and where the NHS could soon be under unbearable pressure without further restrictions”.

In these areas, social mixing indoors and in private gardens will be banned and pubs and bars will be closed.

People are also asked to work from home “where possible”. Where this isn't possible, workplaces should be coronavirus secure.

Areas currently under Tier 3 restrictions are the Liverpool City region, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and South Yorkshire.

After agreeing a financial package before moving Warrington into Tier 3, council leader Russ Bowden said: "We have got an issue in Warrington where the number of cases is stuck at a high level.

"We have seen the propagation of those cases into the older population. So the decision comes down to capacity in our hospital as well and we had to do what is right for Warrington.

"It is a tough decision to make but we have got to that point where we need to move into Tier 3."

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