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Manchester Mayor calls for 9pm ‘booze ban’ to stop house parties & review of 10pm curfew

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MANCHESTER Mayor Andy Burnham has today called for a 9pm curfew on buying ALL booze to extend across the country to stop house parties after pubs shut.

The local leader said the 10pm curfew was “doing more harm than good” after several nights of packed streets and public transport after boozers shut up at 10pm due to new covid rules.

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People queue up at an off licence in Brighton after pubs shut

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People queue up at an off licence in Brighton after pubs shutCredit: PA:Press Association
Boozers are ordered to close at 10pm but other venues can sell alcohol

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Boozers are ordered to close at 10pm but other venues can sell alcoholCredit: London News Pictures

He called for a 9pm cut off for selling all booze to come into place across the country to help stop the incentive for people to carrying on drinking in their homes rather than out.

Such rules are already in place in Wales, where people are unable to purchase alcohol from supermarkets or off-licences from 10pm.

Mr Burnham told Radio 4’s Today programme: “Perhaps if there was a 9pm curfew on sale of alcohol in supermarkets and shops, that would prevent the rush to shops once the pubs have closed.

“That’s what we saw on Thursday, that would have been around the country.

“My personal feeling is that the curfew is doing more harm than good, and  creating a disincentive for people carry on drinking and partying at home. that is, we’re told the main place where the virus is spreading, in the home.”

Boris Johnson told the nations boozers and restaurants they had to shut by 10pm from last Thursday onwards as part of new measures to stop the spread of coronavirus.

But videos and pictures of people spilling out into the streets causes chaos last week, and clogged up public transport.

Queues at supermarkets and off-licences led to people continuing to drink in their own homes instead, despite the rule of six forbidding groups from gathering indoors.

Last week Boris ordered pubs to shut at 10pm

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Last week Boris ordered pubs to shut at 10pm
Piers Morgan says Britain is a ‘nation of boozers’ as he and Susanna Reid slam 10pm pub closures to Dr Hilary Jones





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