While large events such as fireworks displays have been called off, people in England are largely free to celebrate New Year however they wish.
It’s welcome news for hospitality businesses, but the government recommends people tweak their plans to ensure they’re as safe as possible.
Masks are a requirement in most indoor settings and vaccine passes are mandatory for venues such as nightclubs and indoor standing events with at least 500 people in attendance.
“Everybody should enjoy New Year but in a cautious and sensible way,” Boris Johnson told reporters earlier this week.
“Take a test, ventilation, think about others but, above all, get a booster.”
Health Secretary Sajid Javid confirmed there would be no new restrictions for England this year, but there are concerns the government could bring in stricter measures in early January.
Some warned people in the rest of Britain may decide to travel across the border to England, where they could bring in the new year in a nightclub.
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Shortly before Christmas, Nicola Sturgeon issued guidance asking people to limit indoor mixing to a maximum of three households and “stay home much more than [they] normally would”.
While this remains guidance rather than a legal requirement – though laws have been introduced for employers to facilitate working from home – the first minister indicated she would go further if Holyrood could secure funding for financial support from Westminster.
Nightclubs are shut for at least three weeks and other hospitality venues such as pubs must operate using table service and one-metre social distancing.
Events capacity is limited to 100 people at indoor standing events, 200 people at indoor seated events and 500 people at outdoor events, effectively cancelling Hogmanay events including the Edinburgh street party. Most events still taking place will require a vaccine passport for entry.
Like in Scotland, pubs must only serve customers at their tables and masks are required unless eating or drinking. A maximum of six people can gather and sit together in hospitality venues this New Year.
There are no official New Year’s Eve restrictions on how many households can mix indoors but the Welsh government put a limit of 30 people on attendance at indoor events, including in people’s houses.
“We are advising that you should think carefully about the number of people you meet,” officials said. “If you are meeting with different groups of people at different times, you should leave at least a day between those gatherings.”
Like the other administrations, the Welsh government is encouraging people to test regularly, particularly before and after mixing with other people.
Private gatherings must be limited to a maximum of three households in Northern Ireland, meaning house parties should be a modest affair – though this is guidance rather than law.
Nightclubs are closed this New Year’s Eve, like in Scotland and Wales, and dancing is banned in hospitality venues.
No more than six people can sit together inside a pub, where it must be table service only.