Christmas - COVID limits are "a maximum, not a target."

Yesterday the Prime Minister asked the British people to think hard and in detail about their Christmas plans, emphasising that a smaller, shorter Christmas will be the safest course of action.

  • We all know how important Christmas is for many families. But there is a worrying rise in COVID-19 cases in some parts of the country and the situation is now more challenging than everyone had hoped when the Christmas rules were first announced.
  • While it would not be right to criminalise people who have made plans and want to spend time with their loved ones at Christmas, the government is recommending that  everyone should think hard and in detail about the days ahead and whether they can do more to protect themselves and others.
  • The laws will stay as originally proposed – allowing three households to form a Christmas bubble for five days – but these should be viewed as a maximum, not a target. It is always going to be safer to minimise the number of people meeting.
  • A smaller Christmas is going to be a safer Christmas, and a shorter Christmas is a safer Christmas.


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