Stay at home this New Year

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Civic leaders in Dundee today urged residents to adhere to national guidance as the city welcomes in 2021.

Amid a rise in local cases of Coronavirus over the past few days, and with a new strain of the virus spreading in Scotland, politicians and police have joined forces to remind residents that they must continue to follow the Level 4 restrictions when seeing in the New Year.

Lord Provost Ian Borthwick said: “The best and safest place to celebrate Hogmanay this year is at home with your own household.

“The New Year is a time when we traditionally visit family, friends and neighbours, and I know there will be people tempted to do that tonight and in the coming days. 

“We must resist that temptation, for the sake of ourselves and our loved ones, and in order to protect our health and social care services. 

“As this difficult year comes to a close, we have been cheered by the recent news about vaccines and can look more positively towards 2021. 

“But for the New Year and the weeks to come, please keep following the guidance, stay at home and keep yourself and others safe.”

Council leader John Alexander said a rise in the rate of infection at the end of December, and the threat posed by the new strain of the virus, underlined the need to keep following the guidance. 

“Coronavirus continues to spread through our communities,” he said. “Sadly, it also continues to claim the lives of local people. 

“I’m immensely grateful for the sacrifices that people across Dundee are making to prevent the spread of this awful virus. 

“We must stick with it, which means no first footing, no house parties, no gatherings this New Year. Now is not the time to let our guard down. 

“Hopefully, staying apart from loved ones this New Year will be one of the last big sacrifices we have to make. Let’s see out the year safely and look forward to better and more positive times ahead.” 

Dundee, like the rest of mainland Scotland, is at Level 4 of the restrictions, which means that gatherings of different households in private homes are not allowed. 

Deputy Chief Constable Malcolm Graham said: “We're asking everyone to continue to do the right thing to stop the spread of this virus and protect public health as it's clear that there is an ongoing risk. 

“Remember that parties and indoor gatherings of different households are not permitted and we will continue to use our enforcement powers to disperse large groups of people where necessary. 

“Our approach throughout the pandemic has been to engage with the public, explain the legislation and guidance, and encourage compliance, but we will not hesitate to continue to use our enforcement powers as a last resort. 

“Please follow the Scottish Government's advice, which is to celebrate Hogmanay and the New Year with your own household only, in your own home."

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