These are five things the English can do this week that the Scots cannot do due to the current restrictions.
With the continued increase in cases of Omicron in the UK, many countries have introduced a number of temporary measures to curb the spread of the virus. The new rules vary in Scotland, Ireland and Wales, with England yet to introduce new restrictions.
These are the five things you can do in England but can’t do in Scotland right now.
Go to the gym without social distancing
Currently in Scotland gymnasiums, cinemas and other leisure facilities have stepped up social distancing measures, while in England you can go to the gym or the cinema without any restrictions.
Attend a football match
It will be some time before sports fans can once again attend games with up to 100 people allowed at indoor standing events and up to 200 people at seated indoor events.
Go to the theater
The same goes for concerts and indoor and outdoor concerts with many theaters like the Edinburgh Playhouse and the King’s Theater canceling productions from Boxing Day due to crowd restrictions.
Meanwhile, in England you can still attend football matches, theatrical performances and concerts as there are no restrictions on the crowds.
Order a drink at the bar
In Scotland, pubs and bars are only allowed to serve alcohol if they offer table service. Many nightclubs have reverted to table service style establishments to stay open for the next two weeks.
Meanwhile, in England you can still walk to the bar to order a pint.
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Go for a boogie
In England you can still visit the nightclubs which are now closed in Scotland, Ireland and Wales.
In Scotland, nightclubs are closed for a period of at least three weeks, but may remain open if they function as a pub with table service and distancing.
England remains subject to the government’s less stringent Plan B restrictions, after Boris Johnson postponed any decision on tighter controls until after Christmas, but the PM said he would not hesitate to impose new ones rules if necessary.
Regarding the economic impact of pubs, restaurants and other affected industries, Finance Secretary Kate Forbes said: “These temporary restrictions are aimed at reducing the spread of Omicron while the accelerated vaccination program takes effect.
“I understand how difficult it has been for businesses in recent weeks, but we need to reduce our contacts and limit the spread of the virus.
“We are providing £ 375million in business support, which is a significant investment, to support those who have suffered cancellations and help them get back on their feet in the new year.
“The best way to sustain businesses is to take back control of the virus. Please get your boosters and stay home as much as possible at this time. “