Welsh drinkers hit the town and show English what they're missing after 'firebreak' lockdown
WELSH drinkers hit the town last night as they showed the English what they are missing.
The country was released from their "firebreak" lockdown on November 9, with England plunged into a four-week lockdown until December 2.
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Crowds of people swarmed Swansea and Cardiff's bars and pubs for their second weekend of freedom.
Pals were seen braving the wet weather to have a night out, with some in masks and festive hats.
Pubs and bars in Wales are allowed to stay open until 10pm in current coronavirus restrictions.
Over the border in England pubs and bars are only permitted to be open if they can offer takeaway services.
The country is still in lockdown until early December, as hopes rise of being able to spend Christmas with families.
Yesterday Matt Hancock appeared to ban hugs at Christmas – but raised hopes families can meet up for festive dinners.
The Health Secretary suggested even if the strict coronavirus rules are relaxed for the period, Brits will still be expected to social distance.
It will come as a blow to families looking forward to a more "normal" end to December, and to being able to be closer then they have for the past few months.
But, while chairs may need to be more spaced out than usual for Christmas dinner, Mr Hancock also raised hopes families will definitely be able to be together on the big day.
Multiple households are expected to be able to mingle – but not hug – for a few days surrounding the festive period.
The Government is keeping a tight lid on exactly what the plans will be, but it seems certain the strict rules will be relaxed for a short amount of time.
Mr Hancock told BBC Breakfast there is a need to "respect the fact that we mustn't spread the virus further but also respect the fact that Christmas is a special time where people get together, especially with their families".
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