Health chiefs have warned families could be still banned from mixing at Christmas even if lockdown is formally lifted on December 2 – as ministers admitted people will not know what is happening for weeks. Dr Susan Hopkins, a Public Health England director, suggested last night that the lowest level of restrictions could be upgraded, meaning that households would still be banned from mixing indoors even if the blanket squeeze is ended. And Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said this morning that there will not be any ‘definitive’ decision on whether the blanket curbs can end as scheduled until the end of the month. In a round of interviews, Mr Jenrick said the ‘hope and expectation’ was that the system of local Tiers could be reintroduced in England from December 2 – but he admitted that they could be overhauled. However, Boris Johnson is under huge pressure from his own MPs to make the system looser than it was before. There is a growing clamour for children aged under 12 to be exempted from the Rule of Six limit on people meeting up, as is already the case in other parts of the UK. Sir Graham Brady, chair of the powerful 1922… Read full this story
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