Health Secretary Sajid Javid announced on Monday that there’ll be no new Covid restrictions introduced before New Year’s Eve - which is way out of step with Scotland and Wales.
Now people reckon there’ll be an influx of people from over the border, who want to restriction-free celebrations as the clock strikes midnight to ring in a brand new year.
In Scotland, temporary measures are already in place for hospitality and leisure businesses. These include a required one metre of physical distancing in all hospitality and indoor leisure settings including pubs and restaurants.
Table service must also be used in places where alcohol is served to drink on the premises, and nightclubs must close for a period of at least three weeks.
Javid said people should “remain cautious” and celebrate outside where possible, and added: “When we get into the new year, of course we will see then whether we do need to take any further measures, but nothing more until then at least.”
England reported a record number of cases on Christmas Day, with 113,628 new infections reported. There were 103,558 cases reported on 26 December and 98,515 on 27 December.