Coronavirus: How Christmas could be different this year

By Ella Wills
BBC News

Publishedduration12 SeptemberRelated Topics

  • Coronavirus pandemic

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Bah humbug! Is Christmas really going to be cancelled?

That was the question on Wednesday, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson set out a new "rule of six" in England, restricting gatherings to a maximum of six people from Monday.

Scotland later announced it was following suit. Wales and Northern Ireland have also tightened restrictions.

  • What are the rules in each of the nations?
  • The new rules in Scotland
  • What powers do police have?

Mr Johnson said it was "too early to say" if big parties could be held over Christmas. And when asked whether families would be able to celebrate together during the winter break, Health Secretary Matt Hancock replied: "Not necessarily."

So if the latest restrictions stay in place, how could Christmas be different this year?

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