SCIENTISTS, politicians and business owners have been asking the UK’s governments to be honest about any new COVID restrictions.
With the new Omicron variant spreading rapidly around the UK, many medics and scientists say that further restrictions are needed. Many hospitals are already really stretched due to a lack of beds, plus staff being off sick. Staff being off due to COVID is also affecting businesses, train services and museums, with many closing or running reduced services.
On Tuesday, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that £1bn would be set aside to help businesses in England. Scotland is putting £100m into a similar fund. Lots of pubs and restaurants are suffering due to people staying at home and cancelling bookings, and some businesses have given up and closed early for Christmas rather than lose money every day.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced on Tuesday that some restrictions will come in after Boxing Day in Scotland.
Hogmanay celebrations won’t be able to go ahead and large sports matches won’t be allowed spectators. Ms Sturgeon asked people to “stay at home as much as possible”.