28 Oct Coronavirus: ‘Too early to say’ how Britons will be able to celebrate Christmas, says cabinet minister | Politics News
It is “too early to say” how people will be able to celebrate Christmas this year, with strict COVID-19 rules in place across large parts of the UK, a cabinet minister has told Sky News.
UK deaths hit their highest level for five months on Tuesday, when 367 new fatalities linked to coronavirus and nearly 23,000 more cases were recorded.
The government has responded to the second wave of infections with a three-tiered system of local lockdowns in England, with many people now banned from socialising with other households.
Asked how people might be able to celebrate Christmas in less than two months’ time, Environment Secretary George Eustice told Sky News’ Kay Burley: “The prime minister has been very clear, as we all are, that we want people to celebrate Christmas in a way that is as close to normal as possible.
“But it is too early to be able to say exactly what the situation will be come Christmas, and exactly what different parts of the country will or will not be able to do.
“Obviously checking the spread of this virus is paramount, but alongside that we want people to live their lives as close to normal as possible, including at Christmas which is an incredibly important time for families.”