Andy Burnham, Labour Mayor of Manchester, has called for a 9pm alcohol sales ban in shops to prevent crowds packing streets and houses after pubs close.
But he has also called on the Government to lift the 10pm pub curfew, saying it’s his ‘gut feeling’ that it is ‘doing more harm than good’.
Even if the pub early last order rule stays, more measures are needed to put a stop to post-curfew house parties, he said.
This comes after large groups of people were photographed at the weekend singing, dancing and partying on the streets after pub closing time in Birmingham, Liverpool and York.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing a backlash over the 10pm curfew after Public Health England figures revealed pubs and restaurants caused only three per cent of England’s outbreaks in the week before new restrictions hit.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Mr Burnham said he had received police reports of supermarkets being “absolutely packed out to the rafters and lots of people gathering after 10pm”.
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