Disappointed Scots and Welshmen are lamenting a New Year’s Eve under Covid curbs this year – while the English celebrate without restrictions.
Nightclubs were closed in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland under new rules yesterday, with social distancing and the rule of six reintroduced for pubs and restaurants.
New Covid curbs on hospitality from devolved governments have scuppered plans for December 31 – but revellers still plan to let their hair down in England after Sajid Javid confirmed no new rules would be brought in before 2022.
England remains the only part of Britain where party-goers will be able to celebrate New Year’s Eve without restrictions after Boris Johnson decided to resist bringing in fresh restrictions, following last year’s less than festive December lockdown.
Now Britons who face the prospect of a lonely countdown to January 1 are making their misery known on social media, while the English breathe a sigh of relief that they can still end the year with a bang.
Some are also suggesting that disheartened party fans from Scotland and Wales will make the journey into England rather than face Friday night without a proper celebration.