Brits ‘banned’ from New Year Eve’s kiss as mutant Covid strain sweeps across UK

Brits have been told not to kiss to mark the start of the New Year  to follow social distancing rules, as the new coronavirus strain is spreading fast across the country.

This means people will not be able to ring in 2021 with a kiss at midnight with anyone outside of their household.

Downing Street has urged Brits to follow social distancing rules as the UK has seen a rise in coronavirus cases.

However, the rule means no kissing anyone that is not in your household or support bubble.

A Downing Street spokesperson said: "We've been clear, the PM has said previously it's important that everybody continues to follow the guidelines and do everything they can to reduce the transmission of the virus.

"That remains the case on New Year's Eve so we are asking people to stick to the guidance and keep contact to a minimum," reports The Sun.

Traditionally in English and German folklore the kiss symbolises the tone of the next year, especially when it comes to a couple's relationship.

The warning comes as experts have called for an immediate national lockdown to get on top of the "out of control" new coronavirus variant.

Over Christmas there was also a rise in coronavirus patients in hospitals – Dr Katherine Henderson, the president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine told BBC Breakfast: "Please, don’t take a chance on this, please don’t make it likely that we have an additional surge [on New Year’s Eve].

"Don’t mix, wear masks, wash your hands, keep separate — all the things we know we really need people to take very, very seriously."

She spoke about her hospital experience on Christmas Day and said it was "wall-to-wall-Covid."

Independent SAGE warned Britain has entered a "new, more serious pandemic", adding: "The government needs to act now to prevent this catastrophe."

Currently the country is under a strict tier system in a bid to prevent millions from meeting up and gathering on New Year.

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