The Independent newspaper said that plans to celebrate Christmas for millions of Britons are on hold after British government ministers failed to reach an agreement with delegated departments on whether to proceed with the five-day relaxation of coronavirus restrictions.
A British government source said there were “no plans” to tighten restrictions in England, but it is believed that Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove has encountered resistance from other parts of the UK where there are fears of the virus spreading by people crossing the border to celebrate with their families and friends.
Boris Johnson is under intense pressure to back off the offer to allow up to three families to party together, as a growing group of scientists warns that this will lead to an increase in disease and death in the following weeks, and the Association of Hospital Consultants and Specialists said the government should abandon what it called a “kamikaze Christmas plan” Covid. “
Downing Street confirmed that the plan was “under review”. But ministers are believed to be pushing for enhanced messages and guidance on safer ways to meet, rather than cutting back on Christmas holidays or the size of permitted gatherings.
A British government source described the quadruple call as “constructive” and said that Mr. Gove will resume discussions on Wednesday. “There are no plans to change regulations in England,” adding: “We are keen to maintain a UK-wide approach and will have further discussions with departments.” Commissioner tomorrow morning. “
London entered the Level 3 lockdown restrictions on Wednesday as ministers conduct the first review of the regional system introduced in England on December 2. YouGov Many Britons were willing to abandon their festive plans. Of the 3,856 questions asked on Tuesday, nearly 57% said plans to reduce social distancing should be canceled, compared to only 31% who said easing should go forward as planned.