‘Do the right thing and stay at home for Hogmanay’

Police will be stationed in large public spaces to prevent gatherings at new year.

Police Scotland’s chief constable and the First Minister have urged people to stay at home for Hogmanay.

The easing of coronavirus measures that allow for indoor gatherings over the festive period will run from December 23 to December 27.

It means such meetings will be illegal on New Year’s Eve.

Chief Constable Iain Livingstone said: “The key thing is for people to keep on doing the right thing.

“We’ve asked them repeatedly, our fellow citizens … you should not be gathering in large groups and the same applies and still applies as we go into 2021.”

He added: “The truth of the matter is that the vast, vast majority of people understand the reason for not following their normal habits and we have and continue to engage and work with our fellow citizens explain the reasons behind the regulations.

“It’s the public health imperative to do the right thing, to encourage each other, encourage your neighbours, encourage your family to do the right thing.”

Officers will be stationed in “large public spaces”, the chief constable said, to ensure gatherings do not take place in town and city centres to ring in the new year.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told the Scottish Government’s coronavirus briefing on Friday: “We’ll all be glad to see the back of 2020 but I think it’s really important we celebrate the end of this year safely within our own homes and households to make sure 2021 can be the brighter year that we all want it to be.”

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