NEW Year’s Eve pub trips with pals are banned for millions of Brits who’ve been warned they must obey the government’s Tier rules.
In its official guidance for the festive period, the government also told punters they can’t go to the boozer on December 31 with members of their Christmas bubble.
New Year’s Eve trips to the pub are off for millions of Brits, the government’s official guidance has confirmedCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Ninety nine per cent of England will be in Tier 2 or 3 from Wednesday, with strict rules on socialising under Covid restrictions.
For 23.3 million people in Tier 3 pubs are closed except for takeaway drinks.
In Tier 2, households are banned from mixing indoors, with pubs only allowed to open if they serve substantial meals, and doors closing at 11pm.
About 16 million people in Tier 3 areas are expected to be downgraded to Tier 2 at the first review, leaving seven million Brits in the highest tier.
But the majority of punters will still face stiff curbs on New Years Eve revelry under the tough rules, the government confirmed today.
The government’s Guidance for Christmas says: “You must follow the rules on where you can go and who you can meet, including on New Year’s Eve.
“Your Christmas bubble will no longer apply.”
Just Cornwall, the Isle of Wight and the Scilly Isles will be in the lowest Tier 1 bracket.
New Tier rules will be introduced on Wednesday
Under Tier 1 rules, groups of up to six people from different households can meet inside – including in pubs or restaurants.
But Brits in Tier 2 who want to celebrate New Year’s with pals face having to brave freezing temperatures.
Groups of up to six people can meet outdoors – including in pub gardens – in Tier 2 from Wednesday.
Last New Year’s Eve, the mercury sank as low as 3C in London, with revellers in Edinburgh and Glasgow shivering in temperatures of 2C.
Three households will be able to meet up inside a bubble for five days over Christmas.
It comes as Boris Johnson wrote to MPs saying that the tiers for each area will be reviewed on December 16.
Mr Johnson said “every local authority area and each region” will be reviewed every two weeks.
But the PM faces a backbench rebellion to his plan to impose tough Tier 2 and 3 coronavirus restrictions when lockdown ends on Wednesday.
In a letter to colleagues on Saturday evening, Mr Johnson said the Tiers system would contain a “sunset clause” – or expiry date – of February 3.
MPs would be given the chance to vote on whether to extend them beyond that date.
He also hinted that on December 16, some Tier 3 areas could be downgraded to Tier 2 allowing people to go to pubs and restaurants indoors with their family bubbles.
Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham has been told that the 2.8 million people who live in the area will likely be downgraded from Tier 3 to Tier 2, The Sunday Times reported.
MPs will vote on the Tiers plan on Tuesday.