Boozy Brits celebrate saving of New Year as Boris announces no restrictions

Boozy Brits have been pictured enjoying a big night following the announcement that New Year's Eve has been given the green light by the government.

Punters flocked to the city's bars and nightclubs enjoying the national bank holiday and continuing their Christmas celebrations.

Party-goers were snapped dressed to the nines and braving the cold as they queued outside of clubs into the early hours.

Drinkers were also pictured hopping from bar to bar as they joyfully posed for the camera.

Groups of girls were seen walking along arm in arm and some were seen helping their friends to stay upright.

One lad was seen outside a boozer flexing for the camera.

A trio of girls can be seen posing and laughing in front of the big-armed lad who had joined the majority of other drinkers in braving the cold in just a t-shirt.

Elsewhere, a party-goer was seen sticking out her bum for a cheeky picture as her pals laughed in amazement beside her.

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One lad can be seen in the background of the image staring in awe at the late-night pose.

The packed night out comes as around 320,000 new Covid infections were reported in the three days of Christmas in England.

But in a great boost for the hospitality sector, health secretary Sajid Javid today (Mon) announced there will be no new coronavirus restrictions in England before the new year.

Mr Javid has urged people to enjoy their New Year's plans but to do so in a safe and cautious manner.

He said: "Of course we look at the data on a daily basis, that hasn't changed over the Christmas period, but there will be no further measures before the New Year.

"We won't be taking any further measures. Of course, people should remain cautious as we approach New Year's celebrations, and you know, take a lateral flow test if that makes sense.

"Celebrate outside if you can, have some ventilation indoors if you can, please remain cautious."

England is currently under 'Plan B' restrictions which include Brits having to work from home where possible as well as introducing Covid passes to gain entry into large events

People have also been urged to continue to wear masks in shops and other public settings.

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Meanwhile, new restrictions have already been introduced in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

NHS figures show that more than 12,000 people were vaccinated against the virus on Christmas Day as concerns heightened over the Omicron variant.

In response to the stats, Mr Javid, said: “It’s thanks to our life-saving vaccines, treatments and testing that we’ve been able to see loved ones over the Christmas weekend.

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“The enthusiasm the country has shown for our Covid-19 vaccines has been tremendous, particularly the 214,000 who have gone out of their way this holiday weekend to get their jab and secure protection from the Omicron variant.

“I want to say a big thank you to all the NHS staff and volunteers who worked over the weekend to get jabs in arms. If you’re yet to get your booster, do not delay – get boosted now.”

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Kate Nicholls, the chief executive of UKHospitality, said the confirmationthat no further restrictions would come in England until early 2022 was welcome news for businesses.

She said the government's "pragmatic and proportionate approach” would “give a real lifeline for many who have struggled with the loss of trade in the run up to Christmas”.

She added: “Losing new year on top of December would have been devastating, and keeping restrictions to a minimum helps protects businesses and jobs.”

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