Nightclubs and pubs in England expect coaches of Scottish and Welsh revelers to descend on the country to celebrate New Years Eve.
Nicola Sturgeon and Mark Drakeford, the Scottish and Welsh Prime Ministers respectively, have closed nightclubs and imposed social distancing following an omicron outbreak.
Boris Johnson has not introduced similar restrictions in England after discussing the latest Covid data with Professor Chris Whitty, England’s chief medical officer, and Sir Patrick Vallance, the government’s chief scientific adviser.
The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) expects “significant numbers” to travel from Scotland and Wales. Michael Kill, the managing director of the trade body, added: “People at the borders may well enter towns near Wales. There will be people crossing over because they have pre-booked tickets for bigger events. “
Scott Lawrie, the owner of Meadow House in Berwick-upon-Tweed, the A1’s first pub after crossing the border, told the Scottish Sun: “We are expecting coaches from Scotland.
Donald MacLeod, who owns nightclubs in Glasgow, also said many will go to England for Hogmanay, but others will bypass the Prime Minister’s laws by having house parties.
Hospitality and indoor leisure venues in Scotland have reintroduced the one-meter distance. Licensed establishments also had to bring back table service. Nightclubs were closed until January 11, unless they function as night bars with table service and distancing.
Limits on participation in events in Scotland, including football matches, were imposed on Boxing Day and theaters had to close.
Ms Sturgeon argued that the record Covid cases showed the outbreak she predicted ‘to materialize’.