The mayor of Greater Manchester has called for an “urgent review” of the 10pm curfew for pubs and restaurants.
Andy Burnham said it meant people were gathering in homes and shops that were “packed out to the rafters” once the bars closed.
“My gut feeling is that this curfew is doing more harm than good,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.
He said: “It creates an incentive for people to gather in the street or more probably to gather in the home.”
“That is the opposite of what local restrictions here are trying to do,” he added.
“I think there needs to be an urgent review of the emerging evidence from police forces across the country.”
Under the new restrictions, which came into force on Thursday, all pubs, bars and restaurants in England are to provide table service only and must shut no later than 10pm.
tweeted that the curfew was “ill thought out” and “shambolic”.