Will there be another lockdown in the UK? Christmas latest

Will Christmas 2021 be better than Christmas 2020? (Picture: Getty Images)

Christmas is just a few days away now, as people get their last-minute shopping done and head home to see family and friends ahead of the break.

Everybody’s hoping this year will be an additional-special one, after the Covid pandemic led to the festive season being cancelled for many in 2020.

However, with situations of the Omicron variant soaring in the UK, some restrictions have had to be introduced – and it’s led to speculation that the Government could impose a fresh lockdown and rule to the festive season being cancelled once again.

How likely is it? Here’s all we know.

Will there be a lockdown at Christmas?

A the moment there are no official plans for a complete Christmas lockdown – in spite of of Plan B, concerns over the Omicron variant, and fears it could evade the vaccines, in addition as immunity from past infections.

Boris Johnson ruled out a lockdown following an unscheduled cabinet meeting on December 20, saying afterwards that the data is being kept under ‘continued review…hour by hour’.

Speaking after meeting, he said: ‘We will have to save the possibility of taking further action to protect the public, and to protect public health and the NHS, and we won’t hesitate to take that action.’

He said the data is being kept under ‘continued review…hour by hour’ and that the government ‘won’t hesitate to take action’.

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Currently confront masks are mandatory in shops and on public transport, and in many indoor venues including cinemas and theatres – while proof of double vaccination or a negative Covid test is required to gain entrance to nightclubs and large events.

While the chances of a lockdown before Christmas appear to be fading, there are nevertheless reports that the government is considering plans for a new two-week circuit breaker lockdown post-Christmas in order to bring down the surge in situations of the Omicron variant.

The Financial Times reported that Boris Johnson was presented with a number of options under a so-called Plan C, ranging from ‘mild guidance to nudge people, right by to lockdown’.

The newspaper quoted allies of the chief Minister who claimed Mr Johnson nevertheless wanted to go down the guidance route, but that he also had to be realistic about the threat of Omicron.

confront masks have become mandatory in many places again (Picture: Getty Images)

Advisers are said to have recommended moving to restrictions seen in step one and two of the easing of lockdown measures in the spring, including a ban on indoor mixing and pubs and restaurants limited to outdoor service only.

It’s not been made clear whether such a lockdown would see gyms, hairdressers and entertainment venues forced to close – or whether it would rule to schools being closed or extending their Christmas holiday break.

However, as stated before, these are just unofficial reports – there is no guarantee that Christmas plans will be squandered.

While rules may not have been tightened, many pre-Christmas parties and events have been impacted by the surge in situations, with restaurants cancelling hundreds of bookings, and several West End theatre productions forced to close due to Covid situations.

People have also been urged to get their boosters as soon as possible (Picture: Getty Images)

A New Year’s Eve celebration set to take place in Trafalgar Square has also been scrapped after the capital was hit by over 140,000 situations of the virus in the space of a week.

The UK reported more than 90,000 new Covid-19 situations on Monday December 20 – with similar figures having been reported in recent days.

All UK adults are being promoted to get their booster vaccine as Omicron has been identified as ministers from the G7 have declared it the biggest current threat to global health.

All eligible adults are now able to book their booster (Picture: Getty Images)

The UK’s Covid-19 vaccine booster programme has been ramped up, with everyone aged 18 and over now able to book their booster online.

Those who are eligible can book their booster vaccine appointment via the NHS website.

Alternatively, if it is more than six months since you had your second jab, you can get a booster jab at a walk-in centre.

It is worth keeping in mind that lockdown rules can change fast – case in point, the ban on Londoners seeing people outside of their bubble on Christmas Day 2020 came into place less than a week before the big day – and so anything could nevertheless happen between now and Christmas.

The situation is fluid, and so it is important to keep up to date with the latest government guidance.

It’s also worth noting that this guidance applies to England – in Scotland businesses will be asked to step up protective measures, while people have been urged to limit the number of people they see over Christmas.

Wales is taking things further with the reintroduction of social distancing and the closure of nightclub from December 27.

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