Families may get five-day break from Covid rules at Christmas

The Government is considering lifting some of the Covid rules over Christmas to allow families to get together and celebrate the festive season.

According to The Mirror the Government is considering a plan which would lift the ban on mixing households, and on indoor gatherings, for five days.

If approved the rules would be lifted from Christmas Eve until Monday, December 28.

The possible plan is being reported by The Sun reports, while the Express says the number of days being looked at is three.

A source familiar with the talks between Whitehall, the Scottish Government, Welsh Government and Northern Irish executive confirmed to the Mirror that plans for a UK wide Christmas lockdown hiatus were being discussed, but that no firm details had been agreed.

The Government’s Sage scientists have been modelling the impact that groups bigger than six meeting up may have on coronavirus infection rates.

While larger groups from numerous households may be allowed to meet, it is likely bubbles will not be permitted to reform once they have been made.

It is not clear how large the permitted groups would be.

Unlike the current lockdown restrictions which are devolved across the four nations, the plans may cover all of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

A spokesperson for No10 told The Sun : “We are looking at ways to ensure that people can spend time with close family over Christmas at the end of what has been an incredibly difficult year.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will not sign off on the plans until next month, it is claimed.

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Other proposals are being considered along a “sliding scale” depending on how high the coronavirus infection rate is in December.

One option is to exempt under-12s from rules on gathering sizes, meaning larger groups with kids could meet.

A Downing Street spokesman told the Express: “We are looking at ending national restrictions on December 2 and moving to a tier system.

“There will be separate rules for Christmas but no decision has been taken about those yet.”