2020-10-14 06:33

Police urge Scottish football fans to not travel to pubs in England to watch this weekend's Old Firm derby while alcohol ban is in place after bars in Cumbria receive calls from supporters jnF世界播



Police in Cumbria have shown a yellow card to Scottish football fans after smashing open a secret plot to travel over the border to watch the Old Firm match in English pubs. jnF世界播


Thirsty Celtic and Rangers supporters planned to come over to avoid the indoor alcohol premises ban currently imposed by Nicola Sturgeon in their country. jnF世界播


But Cumbria Constabulary have been tipped off about the supporters’ scheme after discovering their masterplan on social media and from worried landlords. jnF世界播


Today Superintendent Matt Kennerley warned penalties of a non-footballing kind would be heading their way if they breached Rule of Six rules. jnF世界播


In a statement released by the force he said: ‘We understand restrictions on licensed premises in Scotland might offer the temptation to travel south of the border to visit our pubs and bars – but anybody breaching rules here does face a fine. jnF世界播


‘We would like licensees to be aware of this and to think carefully about their responsibilities and the rules in place to protect everyone. jnF世界播



The distance some fans could be travelling to watch the match in a pub with drinks jnF世界播



Rangers' Ryan Kent (left) and Celtic's Scott Brow (right) in the Old Firm derby last year jnF世界播


‘For people in the central belt of Scotland, it is also important to remember the Scottish Government is asking those people to think carefully about whether they need to travel outside their local health board area. jnF世界播


‘Our officers will be out in town centres and busy areas to enforce breaches of the regulations.’ jnF世界播


The Celtic v Rangers match is showing on Sky Sports on 12.30pm on Saturday and fans will be keen to get to the pub in time for kick-off. jnF世界播


Licensed premises in the central belt of Scotland – covering the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Lanarkshire, Ayrshire and Arran, Lothian and Forth Valley health board areas – are closed due to tighter coronavirus restrictions. jnF世界播


Cumbria is just 30 miles from the border and pubs in the area have already been deluged by questions over whether they are showing the game. jnF世界播


The town’s Gallagher’s Irish Bar put out a public message online stressing they were not airing the football. jnF世界播


It said: ‘We have had a lot of messages regarding the Celtic Rangers game next week! jnF世界播


‘We don’t have Sky Sports any more! Sorry for any inconvenience!’ jnF世界播



One Cumbria pub had to make a statement insisting it would not be able to show the game jnF世界播



One Twitter user said they thought people would travel from Galsgow to Carlisle, Cumbria jnF世界播


Annie Simp urged the authorities on Twitter to check people were not trying the scheme. jnF世界播


She said: ‘Is no one checking on folk taking train to Carlisle pubs from Glasgow to avoid lockdown. jnF世界播


‘And rule of 1 family means I can’t see family in house. What was wrong with 2 families.’ jnF世界播


The Regulatory Authorities and police are closely working together to monitor the situation in Carlisle. jnF世界播


Supt Kennerley added: “Due to our geography and the popularity of the Lake District we get visitors from many areas every day. jnF世界播


“For instance, people from Cumbria and Scotland cross the border every day to go to work, shop and socialise within the permitted rules. jnF世界播


“But with different restrictions in place in different areas of the UK and the virus now spreading fast, we would urge anybody who does travel in any way to think carefully about their actions. jnF世界播


“Firstly consider if you do need to make that journey, as the more we restrict our contact the less likely the virus is to spread. jnF世界播


“If you do travel you must familiarise yourself with the rules in that area. jnF世界播


“In Cumbria, you must comply with the Rule of Six, wear face coverings on public transport and contact tracing is in place in licensed premises. jnF世界播


“We are also strongly advising people to limit indoor and outdoor contact with others to people from no more than two households at a time. jnF世界播


“Social distancing applies at all times.” jnF世界播


A Carlisle City Council spokesperson added: “Our priority is the safety of the pubs and rules are in place to protect everyone. jnF世界播


"We urge local businesses to comply with the new legal requirements or they could face getting a fixed penalty notice or prosecution. jnF世界播


"All employers have a legal responsibility under Health and Safety Law to assess and manage the risk of Covid-19 and protect workers and customers. jnF世界播


"This means businesses need to think about the risks they face and do everything reasonably practicable to minimise them.” jnF世界播


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