Boris Johnson is preparing a Christmas Covid plan – but what are the risks?

tanding at the podium in No 10 last month, a flustered Boris Johnson, forced into a premature announcement of England’s second national lockdown due to leaks of his plans, insisted he had “no doubt” people across the country would be able to have “as normal a Christmas as possible”.

Addressing the House of Commons on Monday, the prime minister will set out his proposals to allow the British public to see their loved ones over the festive period. Discussions are currently underway between the government and devolved administrations to agree a UK-wide approach.

Reports have suggested that ministers are looking to introduce a temporary amnesty on the most severe measures between 22 and 28 December with families able to form “bubbles” in order to get together. Restrictions on church services could also be lifted, allowing Christmas Day services to go ahead.

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