Amid pressure for the coronavirus rule relaxation over the holiday period to be scrapped one minister has said that “Easter should be the new Christmas”
Minister calls for Christmas to be postponed until Easter: The Government has so far resisted cancelling plans for families to meet up for 5 days over the festive period following warnings that it will put untold pressure on an already strained NHS. Housing and Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said “This is a virus that thrives on social interaction, so bringing more people together, even over this short period of time, is not cost-free. It will have consequences in terms of increasing the rate. It will rise.”
He has suggested that families put off their celebrations until the Spring to try and save the infection rates from soaring through the roof. Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove will resume crisis talks over the plans for up to three households to mix between 23 and 27 December with leaders of the devolved administrations this morning. Jenrick went on to say “We all need to use our own personal judgement thinking about our own families whether we have particularly elderly or clinically vulnerable relatives who might be round the Christmas table, and also looking at the fact that the rates of the virus are rising in many parts of the country.
Thinking of some of the examples we can see internationally like Thanksgiving, for example, where lots of people coming together did have consequences after the event. I would just urge people to use their personal judgement and to think carefully whether this is the right thing for their family.” Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham also urged people to think about cancelling Christmas with families. He said “It always was the case that five days, three households, in my view, was too much and I think people would have preferred a steadier approach through December into January.”
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