Covid-19 lockdown ends Dec 2 but 'Christmas won't be normal'

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Published on 22 Nov 2020, 12:14
Britons will not be able to enjoy a normal Christmas this year due to the second wave of COVID-19, but the government is looking at ways to enable families to get together, Finance Minster Rishi Sunak said on Sunday.

"Frustrating as it is for all of us, Christmas is not going to be normal this year," he told Sky's Sophy Ridge on Sunday programme.

"But that said, the Prime Minister is, for example, looking at ways to see how families can spend time with each other."

England will end a national COVID-19 lockdown on Dec. 2 and move into tougher tiered regional restrictions than before, with more areas facing severe constraints to prevent the virus from reigniting, Prime Minister Boris Johnson's office said on Saturday (November 21).

Johnson ordered England in to a month-long lockdown in early November, after infection cases and deaths started to rise again, angering businesses and some of his own political party over the economic consequences.

A second wave of infections has started to flatten, official data shows, but scientific advisers are expected to warn on Monday that previous regional restrictions did not go far enough and harder measures are needed to prevent another national lockdown.

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