Hundreds gather on Edinburgh’s Princes Street after pubs close on bank holiday weekend

A video which emerged on social media has shown hundreds of people drunkenly singing along to Mr Brightside in Edinburgh’s city centre without any social distancing in place.

By Beth Murray and Rachel Mackie
Tuesday, 1st June 2021, 4:45 pm
Updated Tuesday, 1st June 2021, 4:46 pm

The video was posted on TikTok shortly after 10.30pm on Sunday, May 30 – just after the city’s bars had closed as per the coronavirus restrictions.

In the video buskers can be heard playing instruments in the background as the masses sing-along to the Killer’s classic near Waverley Station in Edinburgh

While indoor hospitality was allowed to reopen on May 17 in level two areas, live music is yet to be allowed.

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Edinburgh is currently still in level two of the coronavirus restrictions which means that only groups of eight people from up to three households are permitted to meet outdoors.

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Nicola Sturgeon announced on Tuesday that Edinburgh and Midlothian would remain in level two as other areas of the country move to level one.

This is due to cases continuing to be high in these regions.

Picture credit: Tik Tok, DhilanPatel30 .

The First Minister said: “This is a pause, not a step backwards.

"We can still be optimistic about our chances of much more normality over the summer and beyond.

“None of our decisions today - even in the face of rising case numbers - take us backwards.”

There were 478 positive cases of coronavirus reported across Scotland in the last 24 hours.

106 people are in hospital with the virus and 10 of those in intensive care.

There were no reported deaths from those who have tested positive.

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