Welsh drinkers head for final night out before bars are banned from selling ...

Drinkers in Wales have taken to pubs to enjoy their final pints before bars are banned from selling alcohol and forced to shut as 6pm.   

Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford made a desperate last-minute plea with people not to travel to England to visit pubs or go Christmas shopping. 

The Welsh Labour leader's plea on Friday came as tougher restrictions on the hospitality sector came in across Wales, with pubs, bars and restaurants unable to sell alcohol and forced to close at 6pm.

But a relaxing of travel restrictions in Wales means people will be able to go between the country and areas of England under Tier 1 and Tier 2.

Revellers enjoying the last opportunity to have an alcoholic drink ahead of the 6pm shutdown of hospitality in Wales

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Revellers enjoying the last opportunity to have an alcoholic drink ahead of the 6pm shutdown of hospitality in Wales

Drinkers in Wales have taken to pubs to enjoy their final pints before bars are banned from selling alcohol and forced to shut as 6pm. Pictured: Barman in the Harbwr Tap and Kitchen in Tenby

Drinkers in Wales have taken to pubs to enjoy their final pints before bars are banned from selling alcohol and forced to shut as 6pm. Pictured: Barman in the Harbwr Tap and Kitchen in Tenby

From 6pm bars and restaurants in Wales are prohibited from selling alcohol due to a new Covid-19 clampdown

From 6pm bars and restaurants in Wales are prohibited from selling alcohol due to a new Covid-19 clampdown 

Mr Drakeford urged the Welsh public not to use the new freedoms to travel across the border for Christmas shopping deals or in search of a drink in areas where pubs and restaurants can sell alcohol.

It comes after drinkers turned out in force in Wales last night for a final session before pubs are banned from selling alcohol tonight leaving bosses to throw away 40,000 pints of beer. 

Richard Anstee, managing director of Glamorgan Brewing Company in Llantrisant, said he had no other choice but to dump 325 casks after the move was announced.

He added that he is expecting to lose £1.35million in sales because of the lockdown rules. 

People got together in bars such as the Fly By Night ahead of this evening's prohibition

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People got together in bars such as the Fly By Night ahead of this evening's prohibition 

This man in the City Arms in Cardiff was enjoying a quiet pint ahead of this evening's prohibition

This man in the City Arms in Cardiff was enjoying a quiet pint ahead of this evening's prohibition 

The devastated businessman said he started to dispose of all casks which were set to be delivered to 600 Welsh pubs in time for December.

Hundreds of kegs were opened up with thousands pints of beer sent spilling out onto the floor before heading down the drains.

The brewery began planning for Christmas back in August but, as a result of the Welsh Government's announcement earlier this week, around '30,000 or 40,000 pints' would be poured away. 

Youngsters headed out in Cardiff and Swansea before the strict new measures come into force.

The hospitality sector has been rocked by the move, which will see a 6pm curfew on pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes - including a blanket ban on selling booze.

But in a final blow-out last night friends hugged each other outside watering holes in Cardiff with face coverings tucked under their chins.

Meanwhile police were out in force in Swansea to enforce social distancing as women hit the bars in high heels and despite the cold weather. 

Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford made a desperate last-minute plea with people not to travel to England to visit pubs or go Christmas shopping. Pictured: Customers drinking outside the Lifeboat Tavern in Tenby

Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford made a desperate last-minute plea with people not to travel to England to visit pubs or go Christmas shopping. Pictured: Customers drinking outside the Lifeboat Tavern in Tenby 

Three women walk down a street in Cardiff city centre in Wales as they head out for ones last session

Three women walk down a street in Cardiff city centre in Wales as they head out for ones last session

The Welsh Labour leader's plea on Friday came as tougher restrictions on the hospitality sector came in across Wales, with pubs, bars and restaurants unable to sell alcohol and forced to close at 6pm. Pictured: Christmas shoppers queuing on Commercial Street in Newport

The Welsh Labour leader's plea on Friday came as tougher restrictions on the hospitality sector came in across Wales, with pubs, bars and restaurants unable to sell alcohol and forced to close at 6pm. Pictured: Christmas shoppers queuing on Commercial Street in Newport

Four men don their warm gear as they sink a pint outside a pub in Cardiff city centre on a cold night in Wales

Four men don their warm gear as they sink a pint outside a pub in Cardiff city centre on a cold night in Wales

Two women sit in a doorway and play on their phones during their night out in Cardiff last night

Two women sit in a doorway and play on their phones during their night out in Cardiff last night

Two women smile for a picture, with one wearing a face covering, during a night out in Cardiff last night

Two women smile for a picture, with one wearing a face covering, during a night out in Cardiff last night

Asked whether people can go Christmas shopping in border areas such as Hereford or Oswestry, which are in Tier 2, Mr Drakeford told the Welsh Government's press briefing on Friday: 'The law in Wales will not prevent people from going there.

'The advice from the Welsh Government is not to do it, because the further you travel and the more people you mix with elsewhere, the greater the risk you pose.

'This is a year to go Christmas shopping in Wales, and close to home. Because in that way you can both celebrate Christmas, and you can do it without posing a risk to yourself and others.'

Asked what is stopping people in Wales flocking into English cities and towns where they would be allowed to drink alcohol, Mr Drakeford said: 'The law would not require people in Wales not to travel to a Level 2 or Tier 2 area outside Wales.

'The clear and unambiguous advice to people is not to do it. Because to do it is to add to the risks that we are already facing, and those risks are already driving coronavirus rates rapidly upwards.

'So please, don't do it. It's not good for you, it's not good for anybody you know, it's not good for the rest of the population of Wales.'

Mr Drakeford added there is 'a very big difference' between a person travelling a long distance to a pub or bar in England and going to one on a person's doorstep near the border.   

Youngsters headed out in Cardiff (pictured) and Swansea before the strict new measures come into force

Youngsters headed out in Cardiff (pictured) and Swansea before the strict new measures come into force

The hospitality sector has been rocked by the move, which will see a 6pm curfew on pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes - including a blanket ban on selling booze. Pictured: Cardiff

The hospitality sector has been rocked by the move, which will see a 6pm curfew on pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes - including a blanket ban on selling booze. Pictured: Cardiff

In a final blow-out last night friends hugged each other outside watering holes in Cardiff with face coverings tucked under their chins

In a final blow-out last night friends hugged each other outside watering holes in Cardiff with face coverings tucked under their chins

Mr Drakeford outlined the raft of measures for the hospitality sector on Monday and plunged the country into a lockdown just weeks after the last one.

Under the new guidelines, pubs, bars and restaurants will only be allowed to remain open until 6pm from Friday, and operate as takeaways afterwards.

And they will not be allowed to serve alcoholic drinks under a scheme like that in place in Scotland for weeks. 

It prompted bosses to issue a rallying cry and urge the Welsh government to provide 'proof' their customers are more likely to catch Covid-19 in their establishments. 

Mr Anstee said: 'It's catastrophic. It's our busiest month of the year and it's where we take all our money which will take us through the quieter months of January and February and it's just going to kill every single Welsh brewer out there.

'We've planned for Christmas for the last three to four months. This isn't something that we can turn off and on so by just having four days notice to shift hundreds and hundreds of kegs of beer, it's just killed us.

'In pints there's 15,000 pints in every container so we'll probably get rid of 30,000 or 40,000 pints.

'We will try to sell some through our small brewery shop but we've planned and we've geared up for the month of

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