Defiant Brits say new Plan B Covid restrictions will not ruin Christmas plans

Brits are defiant Plan B Covid-19 restrictions are not about to ruin their Christmas plans with family.

Boris Johnson announced on Wednesday night in an emergency Downing Street press conference a range of restrictions.

The new nationwide rules are to be brought back to slow the rapid spread of the Omicron variant.

The public are to work from home where possible from next week and face masks must be worn in more public indoor settings such as the cinema and theatre.

But following the leaked video of Downing Street aides joking about a Christmas party in lockdown last year, and speculation that more rules were broken within government, the public appears to have lost patience with restrictions.

The editor of Isle of Wight's Island Echo, Darren Toogood tweeted in response to the announcement: "No matter what he says, my family are doing whatever we want this Christmas!! Work wise, the office will remain open, our Christmas meal will go ahead and then I’m going to enjoy some time off – followed by a week away that has already been cancelled twice!"

Another added: "If Boris thinks I’m spending my first Christmas/new year off in 7 years without friends and family he’s got another thing coming."

"Wearing a mask is required in my job. I also wear a mask when shopping," a third wrote. "I've had my Covid vaccinations. Have just had the booster, and the flu vaccine. I AM HAVING CHRISTMAS WITH MY FAMILY THIS YEAR!

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Last year as the spread of Covid-19 ramped up rapidly in mid-December, the government banned family members from joining up with their loved ones days before Christmas Day.

The last minute news came as a heartbreaking blow to millions who had set out plans to celebrate the occasion after months of restrictions.

In addition to more mask usage and working from home advice, it was announced that crowded events such as gigs, theatre shows and sporting events, must enforce entry only with a vaccine passport.

Michael Kill, chief executive of the Night Time Industries Association, said the announcement came at the "worst possible time".

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He said: "Today's announcement of Plan B by the Government is devastating news for the nightlife sector.

"The mixed public health messages this week that have been coming out of the Government have arrived at the worst possible time – the pre-Christmas period is absolutely crucial for our sector. And now it is announced damaging Vaccine Passports are to be implemented.

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"Far from 'saving' Christmas, the Prime Minister has given our sector the horrible present of more pain for businesses desperately trying to recoup losses from earlier in the pandemic.

"The fact that businesses have only been given one week to make such an enormous change to their operating model is an additional insult."

During the conference however Mr Johnson insisted these were not the start of lockdown measures and the likes of school Nativity plays can go ahead as long as they stick to Plan B rules.

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