Manchester news Government minister makes 'rule of six' Christmas promise Manchester united news
MetiNews.Com - The new law prevent socialising in groups of more than six in any setting
Breaking News ! The new 'rule of six' law will not 'cancel Christmas' a minister has claimed. Justice Secretary Robert Buckland has denied that the restriction - which means it is illegal to socialise in groups of six in any setting - would effectively cancel the festive season. His comments come following criticism from a source close to the Archbishop of Canterbury about the social restrictions imposed this week to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, the Cabinet minister said: "Archbishop Justin (Welby) makes an important contribution to this debate and he is right to point to the huge spiritual and social significance of Christmas. Read More Related Articles Coronavirus LIVE updates as 110 Greater Manchester schools have Covid-19 cases and testing crisis deepens Read More Related Articles How to sign up to our newsletter to get the latest headlines from the M.E.
"I don't think any of us in government want to be Oliver Cromwell-esque about this – we want to see families celebrate Christmas in a safe and happy way and we want to see our churches and indeed our other places of worship joining in that celebration." Mr Buckland added: "We are not going to cancel Christmas but the 'rule of six' is something that is clear and important and I do think we've committed to that and we need to stick to it."
MPs also expressed concern over the law, which includes children under 12, in the House of Commons on Tuesday and pressed Health Secretary Matt Hancock over whether it will be lifted ahead of Christmas. In response he said children do transmit the virus and the rule in place is "as simple as possible" considering the risks. Mr Hancock said: "We will keep the rule of six in place only as long as it is absolutely necessary for health reasons, and the vaccines and treatments I spoke about, the mass testing regime, all of these are important to try to find a way through this virus with the minimal impact on the economy, education and people's social lives."
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