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LOCAL police are reminding people to stick to guidance and not visit other households tonight (Thursday) for New Year’s Eve.

Under level three restrictions people are not allowed to socialise indoors.

New Year’s Eve comes amid a spike in coronavirus cases in Shetland.

Chief inspector Lindsay Tulloch said persistent breaches of the rules will result in enforcement of the law.

“This New Year’s Eve, I must reiterate my request for people to take personal responsibility, to do the right thing and please follow the regulations and guidance provided,” he said.

“Positive covid cases have been increasing with numerous households now in self-isolation.

“Please remember the purpose of these measures is to aid the collective effort to stay safe, protect others and save lives by preventing the virus from spreading.

“Officers will continue to explain the rules to the public and encourage people to take personal responsibility and do the right thing.

“The regulations are clear, this New year keep safe, protect each other and do not visit other households, family or friends. Where officers encounter wilful and persistent breaches they will act to enforce the law.”

Shetland Arts, meanwhile, is hosting a Hogmanay 2020 online stream tonight which will include pre-recorded performances from local acts such as The Revellers and Hjaltibonhoga.