Christmas will be affected by strict new coronavirus rules

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has addressed MPs in the Houses of Commons to give an update about new coronavirus restrictions.

In the past few days the number of coronavirus infections have risen sharply.

The government’s Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance warned on September 21 that if the current trend continues, England could face around 50,000 new cases of coronavirus every day by mid-October.

Mr Johnson advised that the restrictions he announced would be in place for “perhaps six months”.

This takes us well past Christmas, "unless we palpably make progress".

He added: "This is the moment when we must act.”

With the measures announced by the Prime Minister, this gravely affect Christmas this year.

Former Labour spin doctor Alistair Campbell said: "Christmas is cancelled – exactly as Boris Johnson said it wouldn't be.

"He has presided over failure and is to a very large extent responsible for it.

“I cannot think of a single government that has handled it worse than these liars, charlatans and clowns.”

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The rule of six will most likely stay in place – unless he makes an exception.

This means families and friends can’t form groups of more than six people – inside and outside.

There could be some awkward conversations about which family members to invite.

Either way there will be fewer places at the table for Christmas dinner.

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People caught breaking this rule will now face £200 fines for a first offence.

Previously, when Health Secretary Matt Hancock was asked if families would be able to celebrate together, he replied: “Not necessarily.”

Christmas Eve in the pub will also be different.

They will most likely remain open, but the rule of six will be in place, and from Thursday, pubs and restaurants will have to close at 10pm.

It was also announced that only 15 people will be allowed to attend weddings from Monday, and five-a-side football will be axed.

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However, there will be no total ban on two households meeting – either privately or in a pub or restaurant.

This rule is different in areas where local lockdowns are in place.

On the flip side, the government has also urged people to work from home.

This means more employees could be able to travel home and work close to their families.

A spokesperson for the Prime Minister warned earlier: “We are in for a challenging winter period and restrictions are going to be required for a number of months”.

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