Young revellers enjoyed one final night out on the town in Sheffield before the city is hit by strict new coronavirus rules today.

More than a million people will wake up in South Yorkshire today to a Tier 3 lockdown with socialising banned outdoors and pubs and bars forced to shut apart from to customers eating a "substantial meal".

And the city was busy on Friday night as the people enjoyed one last evening out.

Some were seen with drinks in the street, as other groups of party-goers linked arms as they posed for pictures.

Crowds of revellers were seen congregating outside venues, as the city joins Liverpool, Lancashire and Manchester in Tier 3 today.

Two women enjoy a final night out before the Tier 3 lockdown starts

Some of those out on the town were wearing face masks, while others posed for selfies with their friends.

Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster will also be hit with the strict measures today, brought in to stem the spread of coronavirus.

Talks are ongoing between the Government and local leaders in Nottinghamshire, with parts of the county expected to enter Tier 3 on Wednesday.

And the council in Warrington in Cheshire - where many residents commute to Manchester and Liverpool - has confirmed that it will be moving to Tier 3 on Thursday.

Two women pose for a selfie with their drinks in Sheffield on Friday night

People living in Tier 3 areas are banned from mixing except in parks and other open spaces.

Also today, three more areas - Coventry, Stoke and Slough - have now also moved into Tier 2, the second highest alert level.

It comes on the first full day of Wales' two-week national "firebreak" lockdown which started at 6pm on Friday evening with a return to the "stay at home" message of the initial lockdown in March.

In Scotland, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has set out a five-tier series of controls which will come into force on November 2 if they are approved next week by the Holyrood Parliament.

The city has a large student population
A group enjoying their last potential chance of a night out for a while in Sheffield on Friday


On Friday, ministers said they hope the latest measures will suppress the virus sufficiently to enable families to spend Christmas together.

Some scientists advising the Government remain highly sceptical, warning much tighter controls will be needed to get the situation under control and prevent many more deaths

The latest figures suggest the number of new daily cases across England doubled in a fortnight - although scientists said the rate of spread of the virus may be slowing.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) infection survey estimated there was an average of 35,200 new cases per day of Covid-19 in the community in England between October 10 and 16.

SAGE said the reproduction number, or R value, for the whole of the UK had nudged down to between 1.2 and 1.4. Last week it put the figure at between 1.3 and 1.5.

It could be the last chance people in Sheffield get to have a night out in some time
Large crowds of revellers were seen in the streets

A further 224 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Friday, while as of 9am there had been a further 20,530 lab-confirmed cases in the UK.

Ahead of South Yorkshire entering Tier 3, Sheffield City Region mayor Dan Jarvis acknowledged many people would find the return stricter rules "deeply frustrating" and would fear for their futures and their livelihoods.

But in an open letter to residents, he said the tougher measures were necessary as infection rates continued to rise.

"The scientific advice is that they can help. We still have a difficult path ahead, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel," he said.

"These restrictions will help us reach it sooner, and at a lower cost."

Sheffield's current rate of coronavirus is 424.9 per 100,000 people for the week up to October 19, which is slightly lower than the previous week.

But Barnsley's has soared to 489.7, Rotherham's is up sharply to 414.5 and Doncaster's up nearly double to 397.3.