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MetiNews.Com - Boris Johnson is expected to announce rules outlining how people can gather at Christmas on Monday
Breaking News ! Boris Johnson is set to announce new winter lockdown restrictions next week, including rules around gathering with friends and family at Christmas. The Prime Minister is expected to finalise plans with the Cabinet today (November 22) and make an announcement to Parliament tomorrow (Monday, November 23). The plan will outline whether people can meet with other households at Christmas. Boris Johnson's “Covid winter plan” is expected to return the country to a three-tiered system of local coronavirus restrictions, with more areas in higher tiers with tougher restrictions. This is to ensure further restrictions are not needed, according to Downing Street. You can use the widget below to see the number of cases in your area: The first ministers of the devolved nations have reportedly met with UK Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove to develop the same approach across the UK around Christmas restrictions to aid families who live in different countries. The plan is also expected to update the previous 10pm curfew for pubs and restaurants.
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Ministers will detail what tier each area will be placed into on Thursday and MPs are expected to be given the vote to approve the new system, as promised by Mr Johnson, in the days before it comes into force on December 2. Ministers have warned that the festive season will look different this year in order to control the virus. Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said it is important to get the balance between allowing people to have some joy in a "terrible year" and also preventing the spread of coronavirus.
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He also said there are “promising signs” the current lockdown in England is working, making it even more crucial for social distancing to be practiced as people come together. There are also reports the government is considering allowing several households to create a bubble and mix between December 22 and 28, according to the Daily Telegraph. Earlier this week, Public Health England said Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) guidance had suggested each day of greater freedom during the holidays could require five days of tighter measures.