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New year celebration muted by pandemic

New Year’s Celebrations at Hamilton Princess (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

The island-wide curfew meant a subdued new year’s eve at Hamilton restaurants.

The night is one of the busiest of the year for bars and restaurants - but the Covid-19 pandemic meant businesses had to shut their doors by 10pm and people home by the 11pm curfew.

But some did hit hit Front Street in Hamilton to enjoy at least part of the night, even if they had to ring in 2021 at home.

Lawrence Jones said he and his wife decided to go out despite the curfew to help the embattled hospitality sector.

Mr Jones added: “We figured it was going to be a rough night and we have friends who work in bars and restaurants so we felt like we should support them.”

He said: “It’s strange to see things this quiet on new year’s eve, but that’s been most of the year. Fingers crossed 2021 will be better.”

Alicia Roberts said she had gone out with a few friends to make the best of things despite the restrictions.

But Ms Roberts admitted: “It doesn’t feel like new year’s, really.

“There are some people dressed up for it, but there’s no one on the dance floor and most of the places are pretty quiet.

“I had hoped this would bring a sense of normality. Going out on New Year’s is something you do, but that’s not really the case this year.”

Another woman, who asked not to be named, said she decided to cut her evening short because Hamilton was so quiet.

She said: “I had planned to stay out until the bars close, but I don’t think I’m going to make it that far.

“My friends and I usually make a big thing out of New Year’s, but it’s hard to really enjoy it with everyone sat around a table.

“The upside is that there are plenty of taxis, which is definitely not the case most years.”

A man, who also asked not to be named, said he was just happy to see the end of a horrible year.

He said: “I’m glad 2020 is finally done - not that 2021 is going to be a walk in the park.”

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Published January 02, 2021 at 8:00 am (Updated January 01, 2021 at 3:59 pm)

New year celebration muted by pandemic

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