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Hogmany Edinburgh

There is ony one place to be at New year and that is in the City of Edinbugh, taking part in the New year Festivities. Alas as I understand the Street Party tickets on the 31st December have now been sold out. It looks like a black market job if you want one. But there is much more going on right up to the 3rd January. You can find out what is on here. Keep in mind if you are from a warmer clime. It can get very cold in Edinburgh, so dress for the occassion and beware of effects of the demon drink. It will not be in sparse supply

Getting About

Edinburgh of course is a thriving vibrant city all the year round. It has events going on all the year. It has a transport system that is second to none in the world. For a more detailed instruction on how to get about, go to the transport page. That can be found in the column on the left. For a general guide as to what is happening in Edinburgh and the Lothians, click here.

Queensferry Crossing

The third bridge crossing the River Forth just outside Edinburgh is now completed and it is included in this website and I have    investigated the nitty gritty of how and why it was built. It is now up and running and well worth a visit There is no other place in the world where 3 major bridges cross one river so close.It is some magnificent structure. It has just occurred to me. The three bridges have been constructed in the last three seperate centuries.

Other Venues

The population of Edinburgh is in the region of around 250,000 and is considered a fairly large city. However during the summer, and particularly at festival time. That population can swell to around a million. That takes some exercise in the business of supplying entertainment, to satisfy the holiday feel. Below is a link to some of those venues. Beware. Some of the content in the information of the entertainment supplied at those venues may not suit your taste. You can access the link here. The link includeds the abilty to purchase a ticket. As stated elsewhere. Some of the enertainment in those links may not be suitable as a family venue. But in this link here. If you surf through you will find good family entertainment that is not in general, advertised elsewhere. The choice as they say, is yours.

Shopping Centres

Edinburgh and the Lothians are awash with shopping centres. Most contain the main super market leader's such as Tesco, Morrisison's so on and so forth. Bang in the middle of the city, right at the bus and train station is one of Edinburgh's main tourist attractions. It is called Princes Street. Around one mile long. Without doubt it is in a class of it's own. Home to Debenhams, House of Fraser, Primark, Curry and PC World and much much more. With a view of Edinburgh Castle, the Scott Monument and the world famous gardens. You can find out more by clicking here

Corona Virus Scottish Government

Following the outbreak of Corona Virus below are links to advice from the Scottish Government

https://www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/a-to-z-of-topics/wuhan-novel-coronavirus/
https://www.ageuk.org.uk/scotland/information-advice/health-and-wellbeing/coronavirus/

The First Minister of Scotland and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom have warned Scots to prepare for  months of virus disruption.  As in most countries it looks very much like a lock down.  As the situation is fluid I would find it impossible to keep abreast and it is now becoming very clear that the like of the Military Tattoo and International festival will not take place this year.

From 22nd Septemebr 2020.     New rules mean that you must not make indoor social visits to other households. To stay safe and protect others, please follow these stricter rules now. From 25 September, pubs, bars and restaurants must close at 10pm.

 Do not meet people from any other households in your home or another person’s home socially, unless they are in your extended household These rules also apply to children Children whose parents do not live in the same household can move between homes, as can non-cohabiting couple.  Very limited exemptions apply for childcare, and for tradespeople.

 A maximum of six people from two households can meet in outdoor spaces You should limit as far as possible the total number of households you meet in a day. Under-12s do not count towards the maximum number of households or number of people who can meet outdoors. Under-12s do not have to physically distance A maximum of six 12 to 17 year olds can meet in outdoor spaces, with no household limit. Physical distancing is still required.

 Pubs, restaurants and all hospitality settings will be required to close at 10pm Table service will continue to be required in all hospitality premises. You should only car share with members of your own, or extended, household, and follow guidance when there is no alternative. You must continue to work from home where practicable These restrictions will be reviewed within three weeks and further guidance will made available where necessary.

  All pubs and restaurants across central Scotland are to be closed under new measures aimed at tackling a surge in coronavirus cases. The new rules will apply to licensed premises across the central belt, including Glasgow and Edinburgh. Pubs and restaurants will be able to open in other parts of Scotland - but can only serve alcohol outdoors. The new rules, which will be in force from 18:00 on Friday 9th October until 25 October, apply to about 3.4 million people. They cover people living in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Lanarkshire, Forth Valley, Lothian and Ayrshire and Arran health board areas.

The First Minister of Scotland has now adopted a 5 tier system. Simply click on the link beleow and enter a post code.  It will tell you what level that area is in.  The situation is so fluid it is mpossble to keep up.

 https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-protection-levels/

Vaccine  

 At last.  Hope on the horizon and this nightmare being dealt  with.

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/nicola-sturgeon-reveals-number-scots-23146306 

The vaccine roll out is a success.  The situation is now very fluid and Scotland is at last coming out of lock down.  It is impossible to keep up with and the best way to keep up to date is using the First Ministers breifing on the televison.