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Edinburgh cafe closes early for Christmas after Covid councils see site nearly empty

An Edinburgh cafe was forced to close early for Christmas after the latest coronavirus guidelines.

The Butterfly Cafe in Marchmont told patrons they would close early for the holiday season after Scots were urged to ‘stay home’ as much as possible.

With Nicola Sturgeon asking the public to avoid as many social gatherings as possible in order to have a more normal Christmas, many venues have been hit.

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In recent days, a slew of restaurants, bars and cafes have seen huge cancellations as people avoid meeting before the big day.

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The PM on Thursday stressed the importance of the final advice and asked the public to only leave the house if they really have to, as the Omicron variant becomes dominant.

Speaking on social media, the cafe explained that it has chosen to close now and reopen when it can.

They said on Thursday: “With today’s advice from Holyrood to only leave the house if you have to, we have made the decision to close earlier for Christmas.

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“We did not take this decision lightly and we are sorry not to see you again until 2022.

“We’ll be back before you know it. Don’t eat too much chocolate while you wait!”

It comes as the new strain of coronavirus is expected to cause a “tsunami” of cases in the coming days, with almost 6,000 alone reported on Thursday.

The prime minister is due to speak again on Friday in another public update.