OLD Firm fans have been warned by English authorities NOT to travel across the border for this weekend’s derby.
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Fans are currently not able to attend the game – but the latest coronavirus restrictions mean supporters will not be able to watch the clash in pubs across the Central Belt.
Bars outwith Greater Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Lothian, Forth Valley and Ayrshire & Arran will be able to show the Old Firm match but without serving alcohol and with punters socially distanced.
A number of Celtic and Rangers fans are believed to have made plans to dodge the Scottish restrictions by heading down south to bars and social clubs to take in the big match.
But any who decide to make the trip face being fined if they breach the local rules.
Cumbria Police have urged Old Firm fans not to head to the region – and reminded them of the Scottish Government advice about travelling.
Superintendent Matt Kennerley 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.
“We would like licensees to be aware of this and to think carefully about their responsibilities and the rules in place to protect everyone.
“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.
“Our officers will be out in town centres and other areas to enforce breaches of the regulations.”
Supt Kennerley warned those that do travel from Scotland to Cumbria that they must follow the region’s guidelines, including the Rule of Six.
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He added: “Due to our geography and the popularity of the Lake District we get visitors from many areas every day.
“For instance, people from Cumbria and Scotland cross the border every day to go to work, shop and socialise within the permitted rules.
“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.
We understand restrictions on licensed premises in Scotland might offer the temptation to travel south… but anybody breaching rules here does face a fine
Superintendent Matt Kennerley
“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.
“If you do travel you must familiarise yourself with the rules in that area.
“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.
“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.
“Social distancing applies at all times.”
Carlisle City Council is working with the cops to monitor the situation in the city.
A spokesperson for the authority said: “Our priority is the safety of the pubs and rules are in place to protect everyone.
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“We urge local businesses to comply with the new legal requirements or they could face getting a fixed penalty notice or prosecution.
“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.
“This means businesses need to think about the risks they face and do everything reasonably practicable to minimise them.”
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