Britain Received’t ‘Ban’ Christmas as Coronavirus Surges, Johnson Says

After looking at the latest data with our colleagues in the decentralized administrations – Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland – we have found that the overall situation is unfortunately worse and more challenging than we had hoped when the rules were set. While it would not be right to criminalize people who have made plans and just want to hang out with loved ones, we are governments across the UK at all levels urging you to think carefully about the days to come and whether you want more can do to protect yourself and others. We keep the laws the same, but we all want to send the same message: a smaller Christmas will be a safer Christmas, and a shorter Christmas is a safer Christmas. With 138,000 recipients of the first dose and more joining them every minute, there is no doubt that we will win and will win our long battle against this virus. It is all the more important that we keep our nerves this winter. We want to be clear, we don’t want, as I say, to ban Christmas, to cancel it. And I think that would be honestly inhuman and against the instincts of many people in this country.

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