Crowds in the west-end before new ‘rule of six’ comes into force.

It has been a wild weekend for many Londoners, who were snapped partying through the night before changes to Covid-19 restrictions.

Crowds gathered to the West End on Saturday night (September 12), to drink, sing and dance, just hours before the ‘rule of six’ comes into force.
As of Monday (September 14), it will be illegal to meet people you do not live within a group bigger than six – a new limitation in response the new rise in coronavirus infections in the UK.

Police will have powers to implement these limits, including the issuing of £100 fines, which can climb up to a maximum of £3,200 for further violations.
Exceptions are granted, such as for work purposes, weddings and funerals, accidents, or if you are meeting as a family or support bubble.

A Covid-19 reminder ignored – (Image: Peter Summers/Getty Images)

Social distancing seemed a distant past.
And party-goers in London were making the most of their last few days of freedom, gathering around buskers in Leicester Square with scarce social distancing taking place.
Streets in Soho were filled with people sitting in temporarily pedestrianised areas, which were created to encourage people to spend money in the West End district after months without any income for most bars and businesses.

This comes just hours after nearly 3,500 Covid-19 cases were announced in the UK.
Over 3,000 cases were reported for two days in a row across the nation, making it the first time since May that over 3,000 cases have been recorded on consecutive days in the UK.

 (Image: Peter Summers/Getty Images)

Latest NHS England figures show that the R rate in London is between 1.1 and 1.3, meaning Covid-19 is spreading fast in the city again.

The growth rate reflects how quickly the number of infections is changing each day.

The R represents the number of people an infected person passes the virus onto on average.

So, if the R is is 0.5, 10 people would infect roughly five others.

This makes London one of the worst regions in England for the spread of coronavirus, with only the North East and Yorkshire topping this number.

And while the capital is yet to see a local lockdown, there are boroughs that have seen an alarming rise in cases as of recent.