Bars, beaches and parks packed as revellers enjoy one last day in the sun ...

Britons packed the beaches, parks and bars on Sunday as they made the most of the glorious weather ahead of the new 'rule of six' restrictions.

Across the country, people met in large groups despite fears over growing infection rates of Covid-19.

In Bournemouth, swathes of sun worshippers lined the roads and filled the beaches to enjoy the heatwave.

In Camden, people were making the most of the good weather before the new restrictions came in as they gathered a food market

In Camden, people were making the most of the good weather before the new restrictions came in as they gathered a food market

Beach goers packed out the roads in Bournemouth before the 'rule of six' restrictions come into force on Monday, further limiting social contact with groups

Beach goers packed out the roads in Bournemouth before the 'rule of six' restrictions come into force on Monday, further limiting social contact with groups

In Soho, diners filled the streets as they enjoyed the al fresco seating arrangements in the bustling streets

In Soho, diners filled the streets as they enjoyed the al fresco seating arrangements in the bustling streets 

Chinatown was full of people as they flocked to the centre of London to enjoy the sunny day in the tourist hotspot

Chinatown was full of people as they flocked to the centre of London to enjoy the sunny day in the tourist hotspot 

Groups gathered on Primrose Hill in London to soak up the sun in the park as they met up before new social distancing guidelines take effect

Groups gathered on Primrose Hill in London to soak up the sun in the park as they met up before new social distancing guidelines take effect

People were enjoying the autumn sunshine in Kings Cross, London as they met up on the sunny Sunday

People were enjoying the autumn sunshine in Kings Cross, London as they met up on the sunny Sunday

People were sat in very close proximity to each other in Soho as they met up ahead of changes to the government restrictions

People were sat in very close proximity to each other in Soho as they met up ahead of changes to the government restrictions

And in London, many headed to bars, standing in close proximity despite the persisting pandemic. 

It comes as ministers are considering a 10pm curfew for pubs next week with Justice Secretary Robert Buckland warning that young people are 'forgetting the rules'.

From tomorrow, the controversial so-called 'rule of six' will come in, as the government tries to tackle rising coronavirus infection rates by restricting meetings both indoors and outdoors.

Ahead of the crackdown, Mr Buckland has warned the government could go even further next week and introduce curfews.

He told Sky's Sophy Ridge On Sunday: 'I think that as you've seen we've been very prepared to move quickly where necessary and where the evidence points us.

'I think there's an issue about social occasions and social events and particularly young people getting together and enjoying themselves sometimes a bit too much and forgetting the importance of the rules.

In Birmingham, many headed out on Sunday to soak up the sun ahead of the tightening of social distancing guidelines

In Birmingham, many headed out on Sunday to soak up the sun ahead of the tightening of social distancing guidelines

In Bournemouth, swathes of sun worshippers lined the roads and filled the beaches to enjoy the heatwave

In Bournemouth, swathes of sun worshippers lined the roads and filled the beaches to enjoy the heatwave

On the south coast, many headed to the beach on the last day before the new six people limit kicks in to help against the spread of Covid-19

On the south coast, many headed to the beach on the last day before the new six people limit kicks in to help against the spread of Covid-19

The public has been urged to act 'in tune' with guidelines before the restrictions come into force on Monday

The public has been urged to act 'in tune' with guidelines before the restrictions come into force on Monday

Many were pictured dining out on Sunday as people continue to fill restaurants after the success of Eat Out To Help Out in August

Many were pictured dining out on Sunday as people continue to fill restaurants after the success of Eat Out To Help Out in August

In Camden, weekend revellers packed the bars and pubs, with groups separated by perspex panels as they met up on the last day before new restrictions

In Camden, weekend revellers packed the bars and pubs, with groups separated by perspex panels as they met up on the last day before new restrictions

In Bournemouth, many flocked to the beach as Briton enjoys a heatwave, with many meeting up in large groups for the day out

In Bournemouth, many flocked to the beach as Briton enjoys a heatwave, with many meeting up in large groups for the day out

A group of five meet up to head for a beach day in Bournemouth as they made the most of the weather despite rising rates

A group of five meet up to head for a beach day in Bournemouth as they made the most of the weather despite rising rates

From tomorrow, the controversial so-called 'rule of six' will come in, as the government tries to tackle rising coronavirus infection rates by restricting meetings both indoors and outdoors

From tomorrow, the controversial so-called 'rule of six' will come in, as the government tries to tackle rising coronavirus infection rates by restricting meetings both indoors and outdoors

Yesterday, more than 3,000 coronavirus cases were recorded overall in the UK for the second day in a row - the first time since mid-May that recorded cases have been above that level on consecutive days

Yesterday, more than 3,000 coronavirus cases were recorded overall in the UK for the second day in a row - the first time since mid-May that recorded cases have been above that level on consecutive days

In Soho, many dined outside at separate tables as they headed into central London to meet up despite fears over young people fuelling rising virus rates

In Soho, many dined outside at separate tables as they headed into central London to meet up despite fears over young people fuelling rising virus rates

'I think it would be idle of me to speculate as to what measures we might have to bring in as we approach the winter.'

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is believed to be considering introducing a 10pm or 11pm curfew on restaurants, bars and pubs if local measures are unable to bring the spread of the virus under control.

The move stems from a concern that adherence to social distancing measures diminishes the more people consume alcohol.

It comes amid rising fears that the virus could rampage through Britain once again. 

Yesterday, more than 3,000 coronavirus cases were recorded overall in the UK for the second day in a row - the first time since mid-May that recorded cases have been above that level on consecutive days.

The Government said that as of 9am on Saturday, there had been a further 3,497 lab-confirmed cases in the UK, slightly lower than the 3,539 cases recorded on Friday.

Speaking about the rise in cases, Peter Openshaw, professor of experimental medicine, Imperial College London, said a 'trickle' of cases can turn into a 'cascade', adding that if people do not abide by the 'rule of six' now then the country faces going back into 'hard lockdown'.

GREATER MANCHESTER: Revellers were seen not to be socially distancing as the police made a heavy presence across Manchester as party-goers let loose ahead of the new restrictions being introduced on Monday

GREATER MANCHESTER: Revellers were seen not to be socially distancing as the police made a heavy presence across Manchester as party-goers let loose ahead of the new restrictions being introduced on Monday

NOTTINGHAM: Police broke up a house party in Harlaxton Drive in Lenton, Nottingham, at around 7pm on Friday as officers launched a crackdown ahead of changes to rules

NOTTINGHAM: Police broke up a house party in Harlaxton Drive in Lenton, Nottingham, at around 7pm on Friday as officers launched a crackdown ahead of changes to rules

LONDON: People are seen dancing to a busker in Leicester Square tonight in London, England. From Monday, September 14, groups of more than six will be banned from meeting under new coronavirus restrictions

LONDON: People are seen dancing to a busker in Leicester Square tonight in London, England. From Monday, September 14, groups of more than six will be banned from meeting under new coronavirus restrictions

Justice Secretary Robert Buckland warned that young people are 'forgetting the rules' ahead of the new limits on gatherings coming into force tomorrow

Justice Secretary Robert Buckland warned that young people are 'forgetting the rules' ahead of the new limits on gatherings coming into force tomorrow

He said: 'I think everyone is in agreement that we really need to act very quickly now in order to prevent this from growing exponentially.

'I think that's the main point is that we must act fast because it's so much harder to get this sort of thing under control if you delay.

'Even a few days is potentially going to be quite dangerous now at this particular moment.'

Former chief scientific adviser and member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) Sir Mark Walport has warned that the country is 'on the edge of losing control' of Covid-19.

Asked if he thinks Sir Mark is right, Prof Openshaw told Ridge: 'Well yes I think that is right.'

Police across Britain last night launched a crack down on illegal parties as revellers hit the town for boozy celebrations before the government's tough new 'rule of six' comes into force.

Officers broke up house parties in Altrincham, Stockport and Flixton, all in Greater Manchester, on Saturday night, while police in Nottingham tackled a 50 person gathering in Lenton.

In the largest gathering said to have been broken up by officers last night, a team from Greater Manchester Police dispersed around 70 party-goers from a house in Mottram.

Police are also investigating an illegal rave which took place in the leafy Surrey village of Wisley.

The crackdown came as revellers up and down the country hit the streets for a last hurrah before the government's new rule limiting the number of people in gatherings to six comes into play on Monday.

With little sign of social distancing, large groups of drinkers gathered at bars and restaurants in London, Nottingham, Manchester, Portsmouth and Leeds last night and into the early hours of this morning to take advantage of their last few hours of freedom before the government tightens lockdown restrictions again. 

In London's West End, hundreds of drinkers could be seen singing along and dancing as a busker played a tune, with very few revellers paying attention to the government's social distancing measures.  

Under Boris Johnson's strict new measures, groups of more than six can be broken up by police who will be able to hand out £100 fines to those who flout the rules.

This will double on each repeat offence up to £3,200 and only schools, workplaces and a limited number of other locations will be exempt.

The move, introduced to tackle the rising spread of coronavirus, comes as a Government-led study yesterday suggested the reproduction 'R' rate could be as high as 1.7 in England. 

Tim Robson, the North East's representative on the national Pubwatch scheme, expected police officers would strictly monitor bars over the weekend to ensure they are operating safely.

LONDON: People are seen dancing to a keyboard player's music in Leicester Square on Saturday night ahead of Monday's rule changes

LONDON: People are seen dancing to a keyboard player's music in Leicester Square on Saturday night ahead of Monday's rule changes

LONDON: General view of people enjoying a night out in Soho, in London's West End. People have been warned against having a

LONDON: General view of people enjoying a night out in Soho, in London's West End. People have been warned against having a 'party weekend' as a former chief scientific adviser said the UK is 'on the edge of losing control' of coronavirus

NOTTINGHAM: Revellers flock to city centre bars to enjoy a night out before coronavirus rules change on Monday

NOTTINGHAM: Revellers flock to city centre bars to enjoy a night out before coronavirus rules change on Monday

MANCHESTER: Drinkers flock to bars and restaurants in Manchester to enjoy a night out before lockdown restrictions are tightened on Monday

MANCHESTER: Drinkers flock to bars and restaurants in Manchester to enjoy a night out before lockdown restrictions are tightened on Monday 

PORTSMOUTH: Hundreds of people enjoy a Saturday night on the town in the pubs and bars in Guildhall Walk in Portsmouth, Hampshire

PORTSMOUTH: Hundreds of people enjoy a Saturday night on the town in the pubs and bars in Guildhall Walk in Portsmouth, Hampshire

LEEDS: Revellers hit the bars in Leeds tonight before tougher new 'rule of six' comes into force from Monday

LEEDS: Revellers hit the bars in Leeds tonight before tougher new 'rule of six' comes into force from Monday 

NEWCASTLE: A group of girls hit the town in Newcastle on Friday night ahead of the new rules, as the northern city is also put on a watch list as Covid-19 cases rise dramatically in the area

NEWCASTLE: A group of girls hit the town in Newcastle on Friday night ahead of the new rules, as the northern city is also put on a watch list as Covid-19 cases rise dramatically in the area

He said: 'There is an anticipation that everyone is going to have a big last binge, but people are starting to get fearful and a lot of licensed premises have already been clamped down on by the police.'

Mr Robson, a former police officer, said it will be up to licensees to manage their premises and break up large groups from gathering together unsafely.

He added: 'There may be a rise in groups going out this weekend, but it will be probably to premises who don't have door supervision and control.'

Meanwhile Newcastle upon Tyne's director of public health Eugene Milne has said he did not think large numbers of people would go out for a big binge ahead of the tighter controls coming in. 

He told Tyne Tees TV News: 'At the opening of lockdown there was a real fear that that might happen in the city, and that didn't happen so I think we can trust people.

'The idea of the rule of six is to make it easier for people to know how to stick with the guidance and I think one of the big problems has been the guidance has progressively got so complicated, so specific to particular areas, that it becomes very confusing for everybody.'

GREATER MANCHESTER: Revellers enjoy a night out ahead of the new Covid restrictions across Greater Manchester as the 'rule of six' comes into force on Monday

GREATER MANCHESTER: Revellers enjoy a night out ahead of the new Covid restrictions across Greater Manchester as the 'rule of six' comes into force on Monday

PORTSMOUTH: Hundreds of people enjoyed a Saturday night on the town in the pubs ad bars in Guildhall Walk in Portsmouth, Hampshire. Many were in groups of more than six people, which will be banned from Monday

PORTSMOUTH: Hundreds of people enjoyed a Saturday night on the town in the pubs ad bars in Guildhall Walk in Portsmouth, Hampshire. Many were in groups of more than six people, which will be banned from Monday

PORTSMOUTH: A group of people enjoy a night out on Saturday at Guildhall Walk in Portsmouth, Hampshire, before the new restrictions are introduced on Monday

PORTSMOUTH: A group of people enjoy a night out on Saturday at Guildhall Walk in Portsmouth, Hampshire, before the new restrictions are introduced on Monday

MANCHESTER: Drinkers crowd outside the packed Paramount Wetherspoons in Manchester tonight before new lockdown restrictions are introduced on Monday

MANCHESTER: Drinkers crowd outside the packed Paramount Wetherspoons in Manchester tonight before new lockdown restrictions are introduced on Monday 

LEEDS: Revellers hit the streets in Leeds tonight for one last night of freedom before tougher new coronavirus lockdown measures come into force from Monday

LEEDS: Revellers hit the streets in Leeds tonight for one last night of freedom before tougher new coronavirus lockdown measures come into force from Monday 

MANCHESTER: One reveller rests her head on a concrete wall in Manchester as other revellers stand around in the streets of Manchester

MANCHESTER: One reveller rests her head on a concrete wall in Manchester as other revellers stand around in the streets of Manchester

NEWCASTLE: Revellers enjoy a night out on the town on Friday night as the government prepares to bring in new rules limiting the number of people in groups to six

NEWCASTLE: Revellers enjoy a night out on the town on Friday night as the government prepares to bring in new rules limiting the number of people in groups to six

LEEDS: Meanwhile, in Leeds, Yorkshire, two women also enjoy a final night of freedom ahead of new lockdown rules

LEEDS: Meanwhile, in Leeds, Yorkshire, two women also enjoy a final night of freedom ahead of new lockdown rules

NEWCASTLE: A woman gets a piggie-back from a fellow reveller as partygoers celebrate on Friday night going into Saturday morning

NEWCASTLE: A woman gets a piggie-back from a fellow reveller as partygoers celebrate on Friday night going into Saturday morning 

LEEDS: Two woman walk through the streets of Leeds on Satudray night as people flocked to bars ahead of new social distancing rules

LEEDS: Two woman walk through the streets of Leeds on Satudray night as people flocked to bars ahead of new social distancing rules

PORTSMOUTH: Hundreds of people enjoy a Saturday night on the town at the pubs and bars on Guildhall Walk in Portsmouth, Hampshire

PORTSMOUTH: Hundreds of people enjoy a Saturday night on the town at the pubs and bars on Guildhall Walk in Portsmouth, Hampshire

LONDON: General view of people enjoying a night out in Soho, in London's West End tonight, before new lockdown measures are introduced on Monday

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LONDON: General view of people enjoying a night out in Soho, in London's West End tonight, before

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