As a result, there are fears many will gather in large groups this weekend as a final “hurrah” before the new measures are introduced.
From Monday, gatherings will be restricted to a maximum of six people as the government introduces new rules in a bid to get sharply rising coronavirus infection rates under control.
From Monday, meetings of groups of more than six people will be illegal across the UK as the government introduces strict restrictions in the hope of controlling the spread of coronavirus
With testing showing an increase of coronavirus positive cases – with an increase in numbers of younger citizens, and now an increase in numbers amid the over 50s – experts fear the UK could be on the cusp of a dangerous second wave of the deadly virus.
Medical experts have urged Brits not to party this weekend ahead of strict new coronavirus gathering restrictions as there are fears the UK is “on the edge of losing control” of the virus.
At present, groups of up to 30 can gather for social events – but the rules are set to change dramatically in less than 48 hours.
The Mirror reports former chief scientific adviser and member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) Sir Mark Walport has warned the public need to reduce the number of people they come into contact with.
Meanwhile, localised spikes in cities including Birmingham have seen tougher local lockdown measures introduced.
Photos from Friday night have shown groups gathering at pubs and bars across the UK ahead of new restrictions being introduced.
Appearing on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, the expert was asked whether the UK was still in control of the spread of the virus, and replied: “I think one would have to say that we’re on the edge of losing control.”
He added: “The short answer is the only way to stop the spread of this infection is to reduce the number of people we all come into contact with, that lowers the risk.
“The French on Thursday had 9,800 new infections and one can see their hospital admissions and indeed their intensive care admissions are going up.”
He continued: “You’ve only got to look across the Channel to see what’s happening in France, what’s happening in Spain
“It’s a very very fine balancing act, it’s very important to get youngsters back to school, people to university, but it means we’re going to have to hold back our contacts in other areas.”
He said: “Where people can work from home there’s an extremely strong argument that they should do so.”
He also urged workers to continue to work from home – in stark contrast to government hopes of seeing a return of workers to offices to boost the flagging economy.
He told BBC Breakfast: “If people do behave in a way that is not really in line or in tune with the guidelines that have been put out, then they are putting other people at risk.
Meanwhile, Michael Gove has urged the public to act “in tune” with the changing rules of coronavirus.