Is Christmas cancelled? Boris Johnson’s stark warning to COVID-19 rule breakers

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Christmas and other significant occasions have suffered a blow with the latest coronavirus restrictions, which have reduced the number of people allowed to gether together whether indoors or outdoors. Gatherings of 30 have now reduced to a “rule of six” which could hamper people’s plans with their loved ones. 

Is Christmas cancelled? 

Speaking in the press conference today, Mr Johnson introduced new rules on the British public. 

The Prime Minister has reduced the gathering limit in both public and private from 30 to just six.

While necessary, the plans may dash the plans of Brits readying to celebrate special occasions this year, Christmas among them. 

He added he was “hopeful” the country might regain a semblance of “normal” by Christmas. 

Mr Johnson said: “Whether we are going to get things back to normal at all by Christmas, I’m still hopeful, as I’ve said before, that in many ways we could be able to get some aspects of our lives back to normal by Christmas.

“I talked just now about how you could do that.

“Through that Moonshot of daily testing – everybody gets a pregnancy-style test, a rapid turn-around test in the morning, 15 minutes later you know whether you are infectious of not.”

“You may not know whether you are infected or not, but you know whether you are infectious, or not, and that gives you a kind of passport, a freedom to mingle with everybody else who is similarly not infectious in a way that is currently impossible.”

He added: “We are aiming for that. We are driving for that.

“As I have said…we cannot be 100% sure that we can deliver that in its entirety.”

Mr Johnson’s Chief Scientific Adviser and Chief Medical Officer have urged caution for the months ahead, however. 

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