BOOZED-up students have packed out bars in the UK ahead of Boris Johnson declaring a 10pm curfew on pubs.
Revellers in Nottingham flocked to a fancy dress party at one bar in the city as Freshers' Week got underway.
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Many students dressed in animal outfits could be seen crowding in the street as they waited to get in for the ticketed event at Bierkeller bar.
Council officers could be seen in hi-vis jackets speaking to bar workers about social distancing as party-goers spilled out the bar.
Revellers were also pictured out in Birmingham, which was plunged into a local lockdown amid a surge in coronavirus cases.
Most appeared to be practising the "rule of six" as they descended on bars across the city to mark the start of university.
Boozy Freshers' Week celebrations will come to an abrupt end on Thursday when pubs shut at 10pm every night.
Boris Johnson will make the announcement tomorrow about the curfew, which will also hit restaurants and all other hospitality venues in England.
The Prime Minister hopes the move, along with other restrictions to be announced, will avoid the need for a second crippling lockdown.
Mr Johnson has staved off pressure from Cabinet to shut the hospitality industry completely and will address the nation on TV tomorrow evening.
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It follows a Doomsday Covid warning to the nation this morning from the nation's top scientists.
Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance said in a televised speech that the UK is at a “critical point”.
They said the UK could face 50,000 new coronavirus cases a day in just three weeks and deaths could soar if the bug continues to spread at its current rate.