Chaos in city centre as crowds spill from bars after 10pm curfew

Huge crowds were pictured in Liverpool city centre as pubs, bars and restaurants closed at 10pm under the new curfew rules.

People said the city was the busiest they’d seen it in months, as customers were asked to leave hospitality venues early, in accordance with the latest government restrictions imposed earlier this week.

Photos shared on social media showed crowds outside Central station and people queuing for public transport.

One Twitter user said: “Town is an absolute disgrace, shame on anyone getting involved in those crowds.”

Another wrote: “What a stupid idea it was having a curfew, haven’t seen town this chocker in months.”

A third said: “10pm strikes and town becomes an intolerable drunken mess. #ChuckingOutTime.”

One photo showed groups gathering outside Bargain Booze.

One group pictured outside Bargain Booze after 10pm curfew

Sharing the photo on Twitter, ECHO reporter Emilia Bona said: “In town for chucking out time and this is the situation.

“Two buses full before we even got near them and queues out the offy next to the stop. This isn’t working.”

The scenes were in stark contrast to Friday evening, when it rained heavily, and popular areas of the city were left deserted.

The new rules for hospitality came in on Thursday, meaning Friday was the first weekend night when revellers were sent home early as venues closed.

On Friday afternoon, Merseyside Police issued a statement to remind people in the city of the rules this weekend.

A spokesperson said: “Merseyside Police is reminding local residents to stay safe and follow new Covid-19 guidance, ahead of the first weekend in Merseyside under the latest new regional and national restrictions.”

Liverpool Echo – Liverpool News