In the heat of the night! Revellers hit bars in Leeds on the hottest weekend of the year – as PM braced to delay easing of Covid restrictions by four weeks
- As temperatures soared to 78F yesterday, Britons flooded beer gardens and outdoor areas to soak up the sun
- Revellers enjoyed a night on the tiles waving England flags ahead of the Three Lions’ first Euros game today
- It comes as Boris Johnson is expected to delay the easing of Covid-19 restrictions by four weeks tomorrow
Drinkers enjoyed soaking up the sun before hitting the tiles in Leeds on the hottest weekend of the year as Prime Minister Boris Johnson is braced to delay the easing of Covid restrictions by four weeks.
Temperatures of of 78F on Saturday saw Britons flocking to the beaches, sunbathing in the park and enjoying a trip to the races in the heat.
Many were clearly making the most of the weather amid the heatwave as they gathered in the nation’s beauty spots.
When the sun went down the revelry continued as crowds headed to the nation’s bars and pubs to enjoy the warm evening.
Pictures show groups of pub-goers enjoying themselves in Leeds city centre waving England flags ahead of the Three Lions’ opening game of the Euros later today.
The mercury will soar just in time for kick-off at Wembley on Sunday afternoon with temperatures hitting highs of 84.2F, while opponents Croatia’s fans will be comparatively cooler at 79F back home.
Pictured: Drinkers enjoyed soaking up the sun before hitting the tiles in Leeds last night ahead of England’s first Euros game
Good spirits: pub goers were pictured enjoying the warm weather during a night out in Leeds city centre last night
Many were clearly making the most of the weather amid the heatwave as they gathered to enjoy relaxed Covid restrictions
When the sun went down the revelry continued as crowds headed to the nation’s bars and pubs to enjoy the warm evening
Boris Johnson is due to announce tomorrow that he is pushing back the lifting of all Covid restrictions in England on June 21
It comes as Boris Johnson is expected to announce tomorrow that he is pushing back the lifting of all Covid restrictions in England on June 21 due to concerns of the spread of the Delta Variant.
Such a move will mean pubs, bars and restaurants will have to continue to implement social distance measures, as well as mandatory table service and limits on capacity.
And, with the arrival of summer weather and Euro2020 now in full swing, hospitality chiefs warn the a delay could come at a huge cost to the industry.
Kate Nicholls, chief executive of industry body Hospitality UK, told the Sunday Times that a further 200,000 jobs could be lost across the sector.
The mercury will soar just in time for kick-off at Wembley on Sunday afternoon with temperatures hitting highs of 84.2F
England’s first game of the Euros is set to get underway at Wembley later today when they take on Croatia at 2pm
Leeds revellers enjoy a night out on the hottest night of the year as England prepare for their first game against Croatia today
The lifting of lockdown restrictions on June 21 is set to be delayed by four weeks due to concerns over the delta variant
A delay means pubs, bars and restaurants will have to continue to implement social distance measures and limits on capacity
She also warned that a four-week delay will cost pubs, bars, hotels and restaurants £3billion in lost sales.
Meanwhile, Sacha Lord, the Night Time Economy Advisor for Greater Manchester, said it was ‘imperative’ that the Government issue guidance on the financial support available to hospitality businesses if a delay is confirmed.
He told MailOnline: ‘We know nine in ten venues have already made commitments reliant on the 21 June date, whether that’s taking staff off furlough or ordering in stock, and these owners will now be under severe pressure.
The spectre of the pandemic is also still hanging over Euro 2020, however, as the first tournament matches will take place before Freedom Day on June 21, meaning a slew of Covid restrictions will still be in force.
Currently, punters must be served by table service only, face coverings are required when walking inside and the Rule of Six will apply indoors.
The British Beer & Pub Association earlier revealed that 85% of pub-going football fans believe the current restrictions will negatively impact their experience of watching Euro 2020 at the pub this summer.
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