New Year’s Eve in the North East will be very different this year after the region was plunged into Tier 4 restrictions on December 31.
The strictest Covid-19 rules mean pubs, clubs and house parties are definitely out.
Newcastle ’s spectacular laser show had already been cancelled – and the fireworks will be taking place at undisclosed locations to deter crowds gathering in the city.
But while it won’t be the same this year, there’s no reason you can’t still celebrate the end of 2020 from the comfort of you own home.
Areas in Tier 4 cannot mix with other households indoors, so if you do want to see friends and family outside your bubble you’ll need to get creative.
Here are some ways to ring in the New Year while sticking to the rules.
Raise a glass in the house
A glass of something sparkling will certainly be cheaper than in the pubs and clubs on a normal New Year’s Eve, so toast the new year with your favourite tipple.
You could even pick some of your favourite cocktails, set up a mini-bar in your home and have a full-on cocktail night.
Cook a fancy meal
If you would usually be celebrating NYE with a meal in a restaurant, try recreating it with a delicious home cooked version.
Make sure you stock up on your favourite foods and drinks. Remember you’re probably saving a fair bit of cash by not going out, so why not treat yourself?
Order a takeaway – and support a local business
If you’d rather not cook for once, you could treat yourself to a lovely takeaway and stick on a film for a relaxed evening.
This also gives you the chance to support a local business.
Many restaurants and pubs that would usually serve in-person meals have adapted to make themselves into takeaways so they can keep going. If you want to see these local businesses remain then try to use these sorts of opportunities to support them.
Organise a Zoom party
It’s very possible you’re all Zoomed out after the last year, but if you’re feeling down about the fact you can’t spend NYE celebrating with friends, a video call could be the answer.
You could enjoy some drinks and games and then see in 2021 together.
Spend time with your support bubble
Remember that if you live on your own, you can mix indoors and stay with your support bubble. This is one of the only scenarios you can travel outside of Tier 4 and mix with another household inside.
You should be bubbled with just one other household and, of course, take as many precautions as you can whenever you visit them.
Tune in to Jools Holland’s Hootenanny
Some things never change. If you’re craving familiarity this year, Jools Holland’s annual Hootenanny will still go ahead from 11.15pm on BBC Two.
The legendary pianist with his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra will present musicians and acts from around the world to see in 2021.
Start your New Year’s resolutions early
You can still spend New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day enjoying some fresh air in your area.
Under the rules you’re still allowed to meet one friend outside so you could enjoy their company while having a stroll.