Hope of ‘normal’ Christmas as Govt plans ‘five days of household mixing indoors’

The government could allow five days of relief during the Christmas holidays which means families could enjoy the festive period together, according to reports.

Minsters are reportedly looking at options to save the national holiday after a year of on-and-off lockdowns across the country.

The move could see Brits united under a common law which would lift lockdown rules for a limited amount of time.

It would mean groups of more than six will be allowed to mix indoors.

This comes as chiefs believe people may gather together during the holidays despite restrictions, reports The Sun.

If it all goes ahead, rules would be lifted from Christmas Eve, allowing Brits to enjoy five days with their loved ones.

No10 confirmed last night: “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.”

The easing would allow England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to be united under the same rules.

With the second lockdown of the year already two weeks in, there have also been reports of how the country will look when it expires on December 2.

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In December, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that England will be returned to the three-tired system that it was under before the shutdown.

On Monday Health Secretary Matt Hancock took to the podium to address the nation from Downing Street.

The cabinet member seemed to hint that while the full lockdown will end as planned, tiers may be tougher going forward.

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Susan Hopkins, a Public Health England advisor on Covid-19, said: "We have recognised that the tiering of the country has had a different effect in each area."

Dr Hopkins added: "We expect if the lockdown is working … that we will start to see cases decline over the next week.

"We expect it will be longer to see hospital admissions, another week or so, but I think as long as we start seeing cases decline then we can start making a judgement about what are the right decisions that we make and what the opening up decisions that happen on December 2."

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