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Brits faced the harsher wind and rain to make the most of Boxing Day drinks while millions remain in tough Tier 4 lockdowns in other areas of the country.
Revellers in Liverpool and York braved the sub-zero temperatures and for a few hours of freedom over the festive period.
Under Tier 2 restrictions, people are allowed to meet indoors, including public venues, with members of their household or people who they have formed a support bubble with.
Outdoors you are permitted to meet with family and friends who you do not live with in groups no larger than six.
Whereas, other places in the country have been plunged into Tier 4 lockdowns.
Venues like pubs and restaurants, which are allowed to stay open in Tier 2 restrictions, must follow Government guidelines and be Covid-secure.
London, parts of Essex and Peterborough, who are under the new Tier 4 rules, have seen their pubs, bars, restaurants and non-essential shops close.
The rules state people cannot leave or be outside their home unless you have a 'reasonable excuse' as allowed by the Government.
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Excuses include essential activities like exercise or food shopping, going to work if you cannot work from home and childcare arrangements.
More than 40 per cent of England's population are settling in for lockdown conditions from yesterday, (Boxing Day) as the Government ordered for a further six million Brits to be placed under Tier 4 lockdown.
Areas that moved into Tier 4 on December 26 include: Sussex, Suffolk, Oxfordshire, Norfolk, and Cambridgeshire. Whereas parts of Essex that were not yet in Tier 4 were then put into the stricter tier, as well as Waverley in Surrey and Hampshire.
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Portsmouth ad Southampton were also plunged into tougher measures with the exception of the New Forest.
Matt Hancock warned the UK's mutant variant of Covid was spreading at a "dangerous rate" as he announced the new measures.
Bristol, Somerset including North Somerset, Gloucestershire, the Isle of Wight, Swindon, as well as Northamptonshire, the New Forest, Cheshire and Warrington, all escalated to Tier 3.
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Cornwall and Herefordsire moved from Tier 1 to Tier 2.
24 million people are now in Tier 4 areas following the latest announcement.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak believes the news of the Oxford vaccine marks a new era for Britain.
The jab, developed by world-leading scientists at Oxford University and AstraZeneca has been sent to the regulators, and could be approved 'within days'.
The news comes as ministers claimed around 15 million vulnerable Brits could be given doses of the jab, if approved, alongside the Pfizer jab already being deployed.
If the vulnerable Brits are given the vaccine it could mean the end of lockdowns and stricter measures, as those at risk of hospitalisation or death from the virus would be protected if Covid-19 swept through the general population.
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