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Last orders: Belfast pub-goers enjoy final taste of freedom ahead of latest restrictions

It was last orders for pubs and restaurants last night as revellers enjoyed their final taste of freedom ahead of the incoming second round of Covid restrictions.

The night began fairly quietly, but queues could be seen outside some premises later, with some observing social distancing rules more than others.

The Executive announced its long-awaited plan to tackle the rapid rise in positive virus cases on Wednesday and, as expected, the hospitality sector was hit hardest by the new rules.