Groups of Friday drinkers flocked to Manchester's pubs and bars on the hottest day of the year with beer gardens rammed despite the Government introducing new lockdown measures.
As temperatures have risen across the country, people have been seen standing close together in pubs, contrary to recommendations from the government.
It comes as new restrictions were announced in a bid to stop the increasing spread of coronavirus across Greater Manchester and parts of east Lancashire and West Yorkshire.Health Secretary Matt Hancock said around 4.5million people in the north of England will be banned from meeting others from different households in their homes and gardens as of yesterday.
However, households are able to go to bars, pubs and other hospitality venues but two households should not go together, the Department of Health and Social Care confirmed.
The news of local lockdowns and an increase in coronavirus cases didn't stop revellers hitting the pubs on Friday night.
People in Manchester were snapped out on the town enjoying the heatwave as Britain bathed in what was officially the third hottest day in the UK ever.
Temperatures in Manchester reached a high of about 32 degrees while London sweltered at 37.8 degrees.
The sweeping lockdown in northern England was met with fury – with the UK Health Secretary forced to defend the 'deeply chaotic' announcement.
Matt Hancock posted a tweet at 9.15pm on Thursday revealing that many areas would be hit with new rules banning people from different households meeting in homes or private gardens.
However, people are allowed to meet up outside which includes pub beer gardens and outdoor seating at restaurants.
The advice reads: 'You can continue to meet in public outdoor spaces including outdoor seating or beer gardens in groups of no more than six people, unless the group includes only people from two households.
'You cannot meet people you do not live with in a private garden.'
The new rules are expected to be subject to a weekly review.
But many criticised the details of the restrictions for causing confusion among those affected.
On Friday, a statement released by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) in partnership with council leaders said the timing and content of the announcement 'has caused confusion and distress for our residents'.
It is 'strongly recommended' that in future 'full supporting details should be available to the public at the moment any public or media statement is made', the GMCA said.
The new restrictions apply to Greater Manchester, including the City of Manchester, Trafford, Stockport, Oldham, Bury, Wigan, Bolton, Tameside, Rochdale and Salford.
They also apply to Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle and Rossendale in Lancashire, and Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees in West Yorkshire.
Elsewhere, one pub in west London was flouting the social distancing guidelines with large crowds of people gathering outside in the beer garden yesterday afternoon.
The huge group at The Westbourne pub, in Notting Hill, was spilling out into the street from the designated beer garden which has been created with red ropes and cones.
People stood chatting and drinking in the scorching sunshine seemingly unfazed by the breach of government-ordered social distancing rules.
The popular pub is often frequented by famous faces such as Lady Gaga, Rita Ora, Frank Lampard and Kelly Brook.