Progress has been made on a UK-wide plan to chill out COVID-19 restrictions over Christmas, as nationwide leaders have agreed to permit family mixing “for a small number of days”.
Cabinet Minister Michael Gove held talks with the primary ministers of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland on Saturday, with the federal government hopeful of agreeing a “four nations” method to the vacation season.
Despite not agreeing a remaining set of rules, the federal government says ministers have “endorsed a shared objective of facilitating some limited additional household bubbling for a small number of days”.
In a press release launched on Sunday night, No 10 added: “The public will be advised to remain cautious, and that wherever possible people should avoid travelling and minimise social contact.”
It stated talks have been underway with the Irish authorities over journey throughout the Northern Ireland border and that it was hoped all preparations can be concluded this week.
The information confirmed a narrative printed by Sky News yesterday that coronavirus restrictions throughout the UK can be relaxed for Christmas.
The Daily Mail and The Sun reported that as much as 4 households can be allowed to combine for as much as 5 days, however Downing Street has denied that the PM will reveal what number of households may combine and for a way lengthy when he unveils his “COVID Winter Plan” on Monday.
A spokesman for the Scottish authorities gave little element away concerning the UK-wide talks, saying solely: “No agreement has been reached and discussions are continuing.”
Boris Johnson, who’s nonetheless isolating in Downing Street, chaired a uncommon Sunday afternoon cupboard assembly, and on Monday will make a Commons assertion and publish his “COVID Winter Plan”.
He will verify that England’s nationwide lockdown will finish on 2 December, however the nation will transfer back right into a three-tier system of regional restrictions, which was in power from 14 October till 5 November.
Downing Street has additionally confirmed that whereas some native measures can be much like these in place beforehand, the tiers can be strengthened in some areas to safeguard features made in the course of the nationwide lockdown.
Ministers will announce on Thursday which areas in England can be in every tier, however the authorities has signalled that extra areas can be in larger tiers to maintain the virus below management and keep away from one other nationwide shutdown.
Professor Calum Semple – a member of presidency advisory physique SAGE – advised Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday that “hopefully” some guidelines could possibly be relaxed over Christmas “for a few days”, however added: “There will be a price for that.”
He stated he broadly agreed with the thought floated by Public Health England earlier this week that for each day of looser restrictions 5 days of additional lockdown could be wanted.
However, he stated assumptions shouldn’t be made about how robust the foundations could be if additional days are added, saying it didn’t essentially imply “draconian restrictions”.