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United Kingdom government under pressure to tighten Christmas Covid rules

United Kingdom government under pressure to tighten Christmas Covid rules”

Speaking during Prime Minister's Questions, Johnson said: "As of today, just this morning, there is unanimous agreement across all the United Kingdom government and devolved administrations that we should proceed in principle with the existing regulations because we don't want to criminalise people's long-made plans".

Criticism of the planned five-day easing of restrictions, which would allow three households to form a bubble, ratcheted higher with concerns emerging from scientists and from across the political spectrum.

"It's given hope that early in the new year, if not before, those people can be vaccinated".

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said the government "haven't got it right", and urged ministers to rethink the decision.

Mr Barclay insisted the easing of restrictions over Christmas was not a "tier zero" situation. I'm also saying to government, if you go down that route, we will support you on that. "We're keen to maintain a UK-wide approach and will have further discussions with DAs [devolved administrations] tomorrow morning". People know what they are. All three Silka hotel properties under the Dorsett International Hospitality Group also failed to make the designated list.Silka's locations in Tsuen Wan, Kwai Chung and Yau Ma Tei, with a total of 917 rooms between them, had been offering budget quarantine accommodation since March, with rates as low as HK$5,180 (US$668) for the 14-day period.

But the source added: "However, the prime minister will want to be clear that minimising the risk to themselves and their loved ones is something they should consider".

In his talks, Mr Gove found little appetite for changing the Christmas plans.

A Scottish government spokeswoman said: "The four nations call was a good opportunity to review the position on Christmas and discuss whether the messaging or guidance requires to be reinforced".

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Mr Johnson told MPs there was "unanimous agreement" across the four nations "that we should proceed in principle with the existing regulations".

"That is how by being sensible and cautious - not by imposing endless lockdowns or cancelling Christmas as he would appear to want to do, that's the only implication I can draw from what he's said unless he wants to announce some other idea - that is the way we'll continue to work together to keep this virus under control, to defeat it and take the country forward".

Hours after pubs and restaurants were forced to close again in London to tackle a worsening outbreak, Johnson said plans to ease restrictions for five days from December 23 would go ahead.

Christmas coronavirus rules are set to be reviewed following pressure to axe the bubble system.

In the Commons on Monday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock gave a strong hint to the former Labour cabinet minister Hilary Benn that Leeds could be about to move from Tier 3 to Tier 2.

Downing Street are yet to confirm whether changes will be made.

"We need clarity, consistency, not last-minute decisions".



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