Manchester mayor Andy Burnham calls for 9pm alcohol sale curfew

Manchester mayor Andy Burnham calls for alcohol sales to be banned ANYWHERE after 9pm to stop post-pub parties in areas with 10pm last orders Andy Burnham has led calls for the government to review its 10pm pub curfew The Manchester mayor also suggested a 9pm cut off for alcohol sales in shops Government slammed for 'idiotic' curfew that crowds streets with drinkers   Scientists say ministers should have foreseen closing bars early would lead to a build-up of crowds

By Daniel Martin Policy Editor For The Daily Mail and William Cole For Mailonline

Published: 23:16 BST, 28 September 2020 | Updated: 23:42 BST, 28 September 2020

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Police, scientists and politicians joined forces yesterday to call for Boris Johnson to rethink the controversial 10pm curfew amid claims it does ‘more harm than good’.

Andy Burnham, the mayor of Greater Manchester, demanded an urgent review of the rules which he said had led to people buying drinks in off-licences and holding house parties.

On Friday the pub curfew contributed to a fall in footfall on high streets of 55 per cent after 11pm, analysts Springboard said.

Mr Burnham’s warning came after footage circulated of crowds in city centres across the country on Saturday night, with people piling on to public transport and queuing to buy more alcohol.

Andy Burnham, the mayor of Greater Manchester, demanded an urgent review of the rules which he said had led to people buying drinks in off-licences and holding house parties

Andy Burnham, the mayor of Greater Manchester, demanded an urgent review of the rules which he said had led to people buying drinks in off-licences and holding house parties

‘I received reports that the supermarkets were absolutely packed out to the rafters with people gathering,’ the mayor told Radio 4’s Today programme.

‘I think there needs to be an urgent review of the emerging evidence from police forces across the country.

‘My gut feeling is that this curfew is doing more harm than good. It creates an incentive for people to gather in the street or more probably to gather in the home.

‘That is the opposite of what our local restrictions here are trying to do. I don’t think this has been fully thought through.’ Mr Burnham suggested one option could be to impose a 9pm curfew on alcohol sales in shops to prevent the rush to off-licences after the pubs close. 

Scientists said ministers should have foreseen that closing bars and restaurants earlier would lead to a build-up of crowds and busier public transport.

It came as it emerged that only 3 per cent of coronavirus

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