‘It’s depressing’: curfew criticised as last orders arrive early in Soho

Many not convinced 10pm closing time for pubs and restaurants will halt spread of Covid-19. Photographs by Christian Sinibaldi

As crowds amassed in central London at 10pm on Thursday night after people streamed out of bars which closed early due to the curfew, there was confusion, delirium and drunkenness.

“There’s mental issues, cancer, all this other stuff, yet everyone is paying attention to Covid,” said Sophia Warne, outside Cecconi’s on Old Compton Street, in Soho. “Look at how many people are actually in hospital because of it, it’s not actually very much. I think we need to crack on.”

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