Covid Scotland: The British minister says Scots are ‘more than free’ traveling to England for the New Year

In a speech Wednesday morning, Deputy Prime Minister John Swinney said it would be the “wrong action” and not in the “spirit” of rules designed to limit the spread of the virus.

Clubs are closed until at least January 17 in Scotland, while Northern Ireland and Wales have also closed during the festive period.

Reports had suggested that people living in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland might be planning to travel to England to attend the December 31 festivities.

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Asked about these reports on BBC Breakfast, Swinney said: “People are free to make those decisions, but I would advise against them doing so.

“I think it’s the wrong action for people to take because we have a serious situation we have to deal with and we encourage everyone to play their part in resolving it.”

Later, Prime Minister Boris Johnson refused to repeat that call. Asked about the reports of people crossing into England for the New Year, he would only say: “I think everyone should enjoy the New Year, but in a careful and sensible way.

“Take a test, ventilate, think of others – but above all, get a booster.”

Subsequently, Chloe Smith, Conservative MP for Norwich and DWP minister, also failed to point to the Scottish Government’s guidance, insisting that Britain is “one country”.

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Asked if it would be wrong for people from Scotland to travel across the border to England to celebrate the New Year, Smith told BBC Radio 4’s World at One program: “Well, I think maybe I should just add the obvious constitutional point here, which is that we are one country and people are more than free to move around our country under the general law, of course.

“But even at the present time with regard to any Covid restrictions, as I understand it, there are, of course, slightly different guidelines and regulations operating in the different parts of the UK.

“Given the general point that I think people could hear from all the administrations in the UK, is that it’s time to be careful, the best thing to do is to get boosted and to make use of lateral flow. test so you can keep yourself healthier and, most importantly, keep them around you, wherever you are, healthier and safer too. ”

Meanwhile, Scotland registered a record 15,849 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours.

In her speech to her parliamentary update on Wednesday, Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “During Hogmanay and New Year’s Day, and at least the first week of January, we advise everyone to stay home more than usual to reduce contact with people outside. own households, and to limit the size of indoor social gatherings that take place so that they do not include people from more than three households. ”

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