Oompa-Loompas and Wheres Wally hit the town for Boxing Day fun in fancy dress

Boxing Day punters dressed to impress as they braved the chilly temperatures and ignored the Omicron threat to hit the streets and continue their Christmas celebrations.

Large crowds were snapped getting in to the festive spirit as they descended on to bars and clubs in Wigan city centre to make the most of their Christmas break and party the night away.

Many were sporting fancy dress, a Boxing Day night tradition for the Lancashire town.

Merry groups were seen in matching Super Mario, Oompa-Loompa and Where's Wally costumes.

Revellers rushed out to bars and clubs ahead of Government discussions today which could see New Year's Eve celebrations impacted if additional curbs are brought in to control the spread of the Omicron variant.

Fresh restrictions in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have seen clubs close in an effort to curb the spread of rapidly rising Covid cases, MailOnline reports.

Boris Johnson will hold talks with advisers to discuss whether legal curbs are needed to deal with the threat of Omicron in England.

Downing Street is understood to be leaning towards new guidance urging people in England to be careful and limit contacts.

But this is subject to change if data on hospitalisations suggests the NHS could be overwhelmed by the rapid wave of coronavirus infections.

Possible restrictions considered by the PM include closing pubs and restaurants indoors, bringing back the rule of six and limiting capacity to large-scale events.

It comes following the latest NHS figures which showed more than 10,000 patients waited 12 hours before being admitted to hospital in November, staggeringly up from 2,148 the same time last year.

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On top of this, a record number of NHS trusts recorded patients had waited nearly 24 hours between arriving at hospital by ambulance and being assessed.

Labour's shadow health secretary Wes Streeting said: "24 hours in A&E isn't just a TV show, it's now what patients are forced to go through under the Tories."

Sources told the Guardian that the prime minister would “take stock” after being encouraged by improving data on Friday which could be a sign that No 10 is leaning away from stricter curbs.

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New Year’s Eve parties are set to be given a cautious green light – with advice to observe Covid safeguards, the Express reported.

The Times reported that in whichever scenario, however, weddings and funerals would be exempt from any new rules.

Mr Johnson is expected to be briefed by Chief Medical Officer for England Professor Chris Whitty, who is reportedly likely to receive a knighthood for his pandemic efforts – as well as Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance.

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