'Be sensible' on New Year's Eve plea amid Covid rise
- Credit: Archant
People in Suffolk are being urged not to break Covid-19 rules on New Year's Eve by throwing parties or gathering in large crowds.
Suffolk moved into Tier 4 on Boxing Day - which means no household mixing is allowed and all non-essential shops and businesses must close.
Nobody can enter or leave Tier 4 areas and residents must not stay overnight away from home, according to the latest restrictions.
On what is traditionally one of the busiest nights of the year for Suffolk's night-time economy, New Year's Eve 2020 will look a little different.
Pubs, bars, and restaurants will be closed, other than for takeaways, but people in Suffolk are being urged to stick with the guidance by not mixing or meeting in large groups.
Tim Passmore, Suffolk's police and crime commissioner, urged the public to put the celebrations "on ice" this year.
"This will be a New Year’s Eve like no other and while that’s a pity – I really do urge everyone to be sensible," he said.
- 1 Jack Whitehall praises award-winning Suffolk gastropub after visit
- 2 My frustration at how rude drawings balls up our beaches
- 3 Yellow weather warning issued for thunderstorms and flooding for next week
- 4 If your surname is on this list you could be sitting on a fortune
- 5 Covid infections mapped: 20 postcode areas report three or more cases
- 6 Inside Ipswich's Blitz-themed tearoom
- 7 Caravans pitch up at Felixstowe park
- 8 Inside quirky off-grid houseboat with stunning river views - yours for £500k
- 9 Glass found in popular paddling pool forcing it to close
- 10 Curve Bar nights out and special events - are you in these photos?
"Now we are in Tier 4, we need make ourselves aware of the rules and stick to them, and remember that every interaction we have with someone outside of our household or bubble is potentially a huge risk.
“I do believe we can look forward with some optimism. The roll-out of the vaccine is a huge step forward but as we have seen in the news, this virus is still as much of a danger as it has ever been, so I ask everyone to take it easy this year.
"Let’s put celebrations this New Year’s Eve on ice until this pandemic is behind us.”
Rob Jones, Suffolk police's assistant chief constable, said the situation in the county was "really serious" and added that extra police officers would be working on New Year's Eve.
"We are in a really serious situation and in particular I'd like to mention about plans for new year," he said.
"It's so important in that period. We'll have extra policing resources on for new year but everyone has to be really careful about transmission.
"With it being the worst inside, the message would be to not party or to make plans to gather people for new year."