The Handbook
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First coronavirus came for nightclubs, and I did nothing (because, frankly, I value my early nights). Then coronavirus came for Winter Wonderland, and I did nothing (actually I did slightly celebrate that one). But then coronavirus came for New Year’s Eve, and I’m like ‘this second wave thing really is catching on now’…

If the highlight of your year is packing into a crushing crowd to watch your council tax money being quite literally set on fire and exploded across the Central London then we’ve got some bad news for you. NYE is cancelled.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced on Friday that London’s annual fireworks display, usually watched live by 100,000 Thames-side revellers and beamed round the world to millions, won’t be happening.

The ‘sh*t just got real’ signal it sends out is the dawning reality that coronavirus is set to ruin Christmas 2020 JUST like it’s ruined everything else this year (with the fortunate exception of Megxit, which is about the only piece of non-Coronavirus 2020 news).

The mayor told LBC Radio “I can tell you there will not be fireworks at New Year’s Eve like there has been in previous years. We simply cannot have the number of people who congregate on New Year’s Eve congregating” effectively ending speculation about things being back to ‘normal’ by Christmas.

The news will hit particularly hard for all the bars and restaurants who rely on New Year traffic. In an unprecedentedly terrible year for the hospitality industry losing one of the landmark events of the season (our last ‘What to do this New Year’ listicle had over 100 listings and didn’t cover a fraction of what London had to offer New Years Eve-ers just nine looong months ago).

At this rate you start to wonder, will 2021 even happen?

As a Brucey bonus, it also looks less likely you’ll be travelling for NYE either, not only because of the virus but the prospect of a no-deal Brexit is looming large, but let’s cross that bridge later.

Sadiq Khan did dangle one prospect, though… ‘What we are working on, and I am not in a position yet to say what, as we are still working out the details, we will do something people can enjoy in the comfort and safety of living rooms”

At this rate you start to wonder, will 2021 even happen?


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