The tighter coronavirus restrictions introduced in Wales on Christmas Day mean there will be limits on New Year’s Eve this year.
From kl. At 06.00 on 26 December, Wales has been placed under revised level two restrictions in an attempt to tackle the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant. As part of this, nightclubs have been forced to close and bars and restaurants are required to comply with the rules of social distancing, including table service and the rule of six. You can read the full list of the newly implemented coronavirus restrictions here.
But with the UK government confirming that no restrictions will be imposed in the UK until next year, hospitality owners are worried that people will travel across the border to celebrate New Year’s Eve – typically one of the busiest party nights of the year.
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Welsh pub workers and leaders have said how they “fully expect” people to cross the border into the big night.
Nick Newman, chairman of the Cardiff Licenses Forum, told The Guardian that he expected many people to leave Wales for England. He said: “It’s 40 minutes from Newport to Bristol and it’s easy to get from North Wales to Manchester or Liverpool. English companies are going to benefit from it. We’re hugely disappointed with the position the Welsh Government is taking. , in particular, not to present the evidence linking the virus to the hospitality industry. ”
We asked people on Facebook if they would go to England for a New Year’s Eve on Friday – and the hundreds of comments revealed a mix of plans and opinions.
Donna L Lewis insisted that she “certainly did not” cross the border.
“Because I’m a responsible adult who does everything she can to help stop the spread of this killer virus! Yes … it’s still about !!!” she said.
Her point of view was reiterated by Ian Titherington, who said: “No, because it would be very irresponsible. We’re having a little family party at home, even though some of my family isolate themselves with Covid, and then we’ll catch up when they are well. “
Anita Powell also said she partyed at home with family and friends – but this was “the same as every year”.
“No, want a drink in my house nice and safe,” Gemma Williams said.
Stuart Morgan also stayed home, but had bigger plans: “I’m going to have a massive home party with me in South Wales.”
“Not sure why you would not support your local pub since they are still open ??” said Alison Kelly.
Lynda Sparrow argued the same thing: “Why do not all of you reverse this situation and abide by the restrictions and enjoy New Year’s Eve in your home country Wales and help our hospitality out, not England”
But others had made plans to celebrate in England, or knew of others who were.
Stacy Sebourne said: “Of course people want it. I live in Hereford and when we were in tier one last year it was even though someone had moved the border! Never seen so many Welsh people enjoy England.”
“Yes, I’ve heard a lot of young people go to nightclubs there because it’s still allowed,” Colin Walters said.
Sharon Worgan said she was going to England over New Year’s Eve, but insisted it was not for partying but for “just a few meals”.
Charlie Jones also wants to cross the border and said, “Yeah, I’m going to Chester and shop the sale and have booked a hotel for the night, cozy restaurant and then a pub to see in the new year.”
Meanwhile, Mark Jones said he hoped “lots of doing and enjoying it too”.
Gwen Brackenbury was a commentator looking forward to Friday. She said: “Yes !! 21 no responsibility and would like to see my friends and have a boogie shame that we can not support the Welsh clubs and pubs”
“I booked for Dawlish months ago for New Year, I do not want to change my plans now, I have to party 2022,” said Nicola Morris Thurston.
Are you going to England to celebrate New Year’s Eve? Tell us in the comments below.