Christmas could be saved as Government ‘plans five days of household mixing indoors’
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Families may be allowed to get together for five days over Christmas in plans reportedly being considered by the Government.
In a bid to allow some kind of normalcy this festive period the ban on different households mixing indoors may be lifted for a limited time only.
Starting on Christmas Eve and running to the Bank Holiday on Monday, December 18, strict lockdown restrictions could be partially eased.
The proposals would allow love ones to gather and spread some festive cheer, nine months after the country was first plunged into lockdown.
The rules have not been signed off by the Government yet, and represent just one of the options being considered, The Sun reports.
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They have also been hatched in an attempt to provide a formal, safer framework for people to get together, as it has been feared people will flout restrictions over the Yule Tide.
The Government's Sage scientists have been modelling the impact that groups bigger than six meeting up may have on coronavirus infection rates.
While larger groups from numerous households may be allowed to meet, it is likely bubbles will not be permitted to reform once they have been made.
It is not clear how large the permitted groups would be.
Unlike the current lockdown restrictions which are devolved across the four nations, the plans may cover all of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
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However, medics fear a full week of rules being relaxed would “normalise” mixing, leading them to suggest a five day period.
A spokesperson for No10 told The Sun : “We are looking at ways to ensure that people can spend time with close family over Christmas at the end of what has been an incredibly difficult year.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson will not sign off on the plans until next month, it has been reported.
Other proposals are being considered along a "sliding scale" depending on how high the coronavirus infection rate is in December.
One option is to exempt under-12s from rules on gathering sizes, meaning larger groups with kids could meet.
It is not at all clear what the coronavirus situation will be like come December.
England was placed into a month long lockdown at the beginning of November.
Whether it returns to the tiered system, in which household mixing indoors is outlawed in the top two tiers, depends on the infection rate.