English pubs are expecting an influx of Scottish and Welsh revellers with up to 100,000 people crossing for New Year’s Eve to avoid stiffer Covid restrictions
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Scottish and Welsh revellers are expected to head over the borders in their 10s of thousands to celebrate New Year’s Eve with English pubs bracing themselves for the influx.
Boris Johnson has ruled out stiffer Covid restrictions for England this week despite the rise in cases, unlike the rest of the UK where new rules include the closure of nightclubs.
In Scotland, people heading out on December 31 also need to follow physical distancing in pubs and table service.
Edinburgh’s famous Hogmanay celebration has had to be cancelled for a second successive year.
While in Wales, a maximum of six people will be allowed to meet in pubs and two metre social distancing will be enforced.
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It means that partygoers are expected to head into England and Greg Mulholland, of Campaign for Pubs, said that up to 100,000 could flock over the border, reported The Sun.
He continued: “We need a more coordinated, common sense approach. It’s confusing for the many thousands of people who live near a border, and frustrating for publicans in Scotland and Wales.”
The differing rules for the home nations has angered some landlords who have been left out of pocket.
People have taken to social media telling how they have changed their plans to go out instead in England.
One person tweeted: “Regrettably just cancelled our restaurant and hotel bookings for 12 in Cardiff and rebooked for Bristol for NYE. Much rather the money spent in Wales but (rules) made it impossible.”
Another said: “Well Bristol, Liverpool and Newcastle will do well on NYE. Any English town on the border of Wales and Scotland will be a magnet for NYE revellers.”
Donald MacLeod, who owns nightclubs in Glasgow, reportedly called the Covid restrictions “brutal”.
He said: “We’re already hearing about bus trips to Carlisle, Liverpool, Manchester and Blackpool. I wish those who go down there all the luck. Businesses such as mine and others are being crippled by these brutal restrictions.”
Johnson has ruled out tougher rules in England despite the rapid spread of the Omicron variant. There was another record high of Covid cases on Tuesday with a further 117,093 people testing positive.
There are 9,546 people hospitalised, the highest since March but it is a long way below the peak of 34,000 in January.
So far, the spike in Omicron cases has not led to a similarly steep increase in hospital admissions, even taking into account the lag between infection and hospital treatment.