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Coronavirus: Christmas ‘under threat’ due to new strict rules

Christmas could be ruined this year for many

Coronavirus could ruin Christmas for thousands of people this year thanks to new rules.

As of Monday (September 14), it will be illegal for groups of more than six to meet in England.

Bar a few exceptions, those breaking the rules will be eligible for a cash fine.

This new coronavirus enforcement could put Christmas into chaos.

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This week has seen a significant spike in coronavirus cases (Credit: Unsplash.com)

What are the new coronavirus rules which could ‘ruin’ Christmas?

Groups of more than six people will not be allowed meaning large families will be unable to meet under one roof or even socially gather at all.

A family of five would only be allowed to have one guest.

This will inevitably split some grandparents up on Christmas day.

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Whereas a family of six won’t be able to have any guests at all.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson had said back in July he hoped the UK will return to ‘significant normality’ by December.

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Matt Hancock the new rule could still be active in December (Credit: BBC)

However, Secretary of State for Health said today on BBC Radio 4 that there is no known end date to the new rule.

What did Matt Hancock say about Christmas?

He said that the six limit rule could easily still be in place come Christmas time.

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Mr Hancock said: “I really hope we can turn this around before Christmas.

“We have new technology coming down the track, expansion of new technology for testing, we have obviously the vaccine which is still very much in development, they’ve had to pause it overnight because of one event…

But what does this mean for Christmas?

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Christmas could be ruined for some families under the new rule (Credit: Unsplash.com)

“But short of the mass testing and the vaccine development, our first line of defence is social distancing.

“And so this will be in place for the foreseeable future.”

However, when further probed he reiterated that he hopes things will have improved by December.

He continued: “I think that in a pandemic Christmas is a long way off. Three months is a long time in a pandemic.

“And I very much hope that this stronger rule, together with the local action we take in places like Bolton which has been working where we’ve put it in place, Luton, Leicester, the number of cases coming right down, I very much hope therefore that this can work to do that by Christmas.

“But we’ve got to make sure right now that people both understand the rules but then follow it.”

The new rules are coming into place due to a spike in coronavirus cases across the UK.

Fines of up to £3200 may be issued for those breaking the rules.

This Monday (September 7), almost 3,000 new COVID-19 cases were recorded. A week prior the figure was only 1,300.

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