BRITS are banned from seeing in 2021 with a kiss as the mutant Covid strain spreads through the UK.
No10 today urged everyone to stick to social distancing for any NYE celebrations – which means no locking of lips with anyone outside your household.
It is a tradition to have a smooch as the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, but to keep as safe as possible, partygoers should steer clear.
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.”
Hospitals are facing a rise in pressure as the number of coronavirus patients receiving treatment rockets past the April peak.
Dr Katherine Henderson, the president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, described her experience in hospital on Christmas Day as “wall-to-wall Covid” and begged Brits not to gather for New Year’s Eve celebrations.
She 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.”