UK PM Boris Johnson to reveal Christmas Covid rules in TV address tomorrow

UK PM Boris Johnson to reveal Christmas Covid rules in TV address tomorrow

UK PM Boris will also be confirming tomorrow that the national lockdown will end on December 2, as promised, but will unveil a tougher new tier system to keep the virus under control.

The PM will address Parliament with his post-lockdown and Christmas plans tomorrow, before giving a televised address to the public.

It will be welcome news for families planning their Christmas celebrations, after months of speculation.

It’s reported that there’ll be a four-nation ‘truce’, which will see all families across the UK allowed the same number of days to celebrate with loved ones.

Families will be able to cross into Wales and Scotland – and vice-versa – to meet loved ones.

While restrictions, including social distancing and the rule-of-six, are likely to remain in place, families are set to be given up to five days to celebrate together.

The Government is also in discussions about how it might allow some pantomimes to go ahead, the Mail on Sunday reports.

A wider opening of theatres is unlikely before next year, however.

Scientists last week warned that up to five days of tough lockdown could be needed to compensate for each day with fewer restrictions – meaning there could be up to 25 days of tighter rules.

Boris Johnson will address MPs on Monday about new Covid-19 restrictions - he's expected to close pubs and restaurants in northern England - Manchester Evening News

But Mr Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak have emphasized the need to return to a “functioning economy”, and a source said: “We’ve got to get normality back.”

During his speech, given online as the PM is self-isolating, he will also set out details of a new winter plan to tackle Covid.

The proposals include a revised three-tier structure, which will be in place until the spring while scientists continue work on approving vaccines.

It was yesterday reported that every adult in the UK could have a Covid jab by April – and Health Secretary Matt Hancock says he’s hopeful the country will be returning to normal by the spring.

However, the revised tier system will mean the toughest restrictions wear on for areas which had been in the highest levels before the new lockdown began.

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