London residents once again appeared to get around the new 10pm curfew by moving parties from the pub to the street on Saturday night.
The blanket restriction, which kicked in on Thursday, is enforceable by law and pubs and restaurants can lose their licence for ignoring it.
Revellers gathered in Leicester Square - apparently with little social distancing - late on Saturday to keep the festivities going, to the dismay of many onlookers.
In one video, a group of revellers were seen dancing and singing along as a man played a drum kit outside in the square.
📢 You’re the reason we’re heading for another lockdown 📢 pic.twitter.com/vTIMGliAaG— Rachel Gerrish (@RLGerrish)September 26, 2020
One viewer said that the young people in the video think they are "untouchable".
"This age group have been told and are still being told that it won't affect them.....until one of their family members becomes ill, or worse this will continue," he added.
Shut everywhere at 10pm then off to the supermarket buy a load of ale and let's have a party. @lpoolcouncil @lcc_licensing @MerPolChiefCon @Bond_media @Johnrashton47 @Distopian @TAXIALLIANCELPO @mayor_anderson @bramell_mark @LivEchonews @TheGuideLpool pic.twitter.com/JYdWrE68mW— Liverpool Nightlife CIC (@NightlifeCIC)September 26, 2020
Elsewhere, some people said Liverpool city centre was the busiest they'd seen it in months.
On seeing the footage, one Twitter user said: "Town is an absolute disgrace, shame on anyone getting involved in those crowds."
In town for chucking out time and this is the situation. Two buses full before we even got near them and queues out the offy next to the stop. This isn’t working. pic.twitter.com/XmF8wfz41I— Emilia Bona (@emiliabonaECHO)September 26, 2020
Another added: "What a stupid idea it was having a curfew, haven’t seen town this chocker in months."
Liverpool Echo reporter Emilia Bona shared photos of a queue of people trying to get onto a crowded bus, while others appeared to be buying drinks in an off-licence.
"In town for chucking out time and this is the situation," Ms Bona said. "Two buses full before we even got near them and queues out the offy next to the stop. This isn't working."
It came after similar scenes across the country on Thursday and Friday evening.
There was an "impromptu party" around Oxford Circus in central London on Friday night, with footage posted on social media showing huge crowds dancing and bumping into each other as loud music blared, with seemingly no social distancing in sight.
Journalist Charlie Haynes tweeted: "Oxford Circus has turned into an impromptu party," adding: "It really is packed here".
A spokesperson for Merseyside Police said on Friday: "Merseyside Police is reminding local residents to stay safe and follow new Covid-19 guidance, ahead of the first weekend in Merseyside under the latest new regional and national restrictions."
The Metropolitan Police has been contacted for comment.
Under the new regulations certain businesses like restaurants and pubs must close between 10pm and 5am and must operate table service only.
This also applies to places like social clubs, casinos, bowling alleys, bingo halls, amusement arcades and other indoor leisure facilities.
Some had warned of the 10pm cut-off becoming a pinch point for crowds to assemble, with similarly busy scenes pictured in Soho on Thursday night. Wales has allowed drinkers a 20 minute window to finish up after 10pm to stagger leaving times.
Another Sage member, Professor John Edmunds, said the 10pm curfew was “fairly trivial” and said that “it will have a very small impact on the epidemic.”