Boozy Brits defy coronavirus advice to hit pubs for ‘last night of freedom’
Hundreds of Brits are defying government calls for social distancing ahead of a nationwide closure of pubs, restaurants, shops, nightclubs and theatres due to coronavirus.
People have taken to the streets for "one last night of freedom" before pub-goers are forced to give up their social habits for the greater good of Public Health.
Boris Johnson announced the closure during a press conference at Number 10, after two weeks of pleading with Brits to stay at home.
Today the death tolling the UK hit 189, as Italy, the epicentre of the outbreak in Europe reached 4,032, with 627 people dying in a single day.
The Prime Minister said all pubs and bars should close from midnight on Friday, and shouldn't re-open tomorrow, for a period of 14 days.
Brits have shared their "disappointment" at the news and are said "gutted" and heartbroken at the decision.
Taking to social media, one person wrote: "I'm guessing everyone has found a pub to spend their last night of freedom then."
While a second said: "The last night of freedom is upon us, gutted heartbroken and disappointed are just 3 words to describe how I'm feeling, let's get wrecked for one last time tonight."
Another added: "Let's get ON IT. We've got less than four hours until the pubs shut!"
Punters have even shared pictures of themselves flouting the new rules, with people spilling out of bars, clubs and nightclubs on social media.
Critics have blasted those who have chosen to ignore Johnson's advice, calling it "irresponsible."
One said: "Local pub packed …. not a brain cell in there. But PM won’t tell them that. Because he’s one of them."
While a second said: "Absolutely disgusting, haven't you seen the news lately? Get home."
The pictures come just a day after JD Wetherspoons boss Tim Martin slammed moves to close pubs, calling the measure "over the top."
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Of the virus, the outspoken CEO said: "If someone offered me the opportunity now to have it under supervised conditions, I think I'd probably take it because your chances are very, very good."
He also told Sky he believes supermarkets are more likely to be "breeding grounds" for COVID-19, claiming pubs are less crowded.
Mr Martin said: "Supermarkets are very, very crowded. Pubs are much less crowded.
"There's hardly been any transmission of the virus within pubs and I think it's over the top to shut them."
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