A council leader has warned a delay to new local lockdown measures in the north of England will encourage a “final weekend of partying”.
Reports emerged on Thursday that pubs and restaurants would be shut down in many northern cities from Monday amid surging cases.
David Mellen, Nottingham council leader, warned ministers the delay in bringing in the new plans, which were leaked to a number of newspapers, will mean another weekend where people can mix and risk spreading COVID-19.
Nottingham is facing enhanced restrictions after a sharp rise in cases.
Asked whether people will have “one last blowout” before the hospitality shutdown, Mellen told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “Absolutely. That is our concern, absolutely.”