Groups of friends hit the town in Wales – as England remains in lockdown

Revellers enjoying spending time together (Image: Athena Pictures)

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Groups of friends hit the town in Wales after the firebreak lockdown ended – as over in England lockdown continues.

Photographs show many headed out in Swansea and Cardiff on their second week of more freedoms, although they would only have had until 10pm before pubs shut.

One donned a Santa hat, getting into the Christmas spirit already.

Some were seen braving the cold November temperatures without even a jacket while others made sure they kept their face masks on.

Wales came out of their temporary firebreak lockdown on November 9 while England remains in a lockdown until December 2.

Friends brave the cold weather for a night out
(Image: Athena Pictures)

This man donned a festive hat
(Image: Athena Pictures)

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Groups of up to four people can now meet up in cafes, pubs and restaurants while shops, gyms, hairdressers and places of worship will also reopen.

Supermarkets can again sell non-essential items while people will only be allowed to meet up inside homes with members of one other household if they have joined into a "bubble".

A 10pm curfew on alcohol sales will carry over from before the firebreak, with people required to prove their home address in bars following concerns people in England could flout its own lockdown and travel to Wales for a drink.

Pubs and restaurants are permitted to stay open until 10pm in Wales
(Image: Chris Fairweather/Huw Evans Agency)

Friends posing for a photo in Swansea
(Image: Athena Pictures)

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There are no restrictions on travel within Wales, but people will not be allowed to travel outside of the country unless for a reasonable excuse such as work.

First Minister Mark Drakeford urged the Welsh public to reduce the number of people they see as well as time spent with them, warning that "we cannot go back to the way we were living our lives".

Mr Drakeford said: "We all need to think about our own lives and what we can all do to keep our families safe. We need to stop thinking about the maximum limit of rules and regulations."

People in Cardiff on Friday night
(Image: Chris Fairweather/Huw Evans Agency)

One scene from Swansea on Thursday night
(Image: Athena Pictures)

In Wales, people are allowed to meet in groups of up to four people from separate households (not including any children aged under 11) in regulated indoor places, such as hospitality – bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants.

Up to 15 people can take part in an organised indoor activity and up to 30 in an organised activity outdoors, providing all social distancing, hand hygiene and other Covid-19 safety measures are followed.

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