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This is when Boris Johnson is expected to give an update on Christmas lockdown restrictions

The Prime Minister is expected to reveal his plans for lockdown this winter, which includes details on how families can see their loved ones at Christmas.

Boris Johnson is expected to discuss and sign-off the plan with the Cabinet on Sunday (November 22), before making an announcement to Parliament on Monday.

This is when the full details are expected to be laid-out.

The first ministers of the devolved nations have reportedly met with UK Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove to come up with a UK-wide approach to Christmas restrictions.

A “Covid winter plan” will see England enter a strengthened three-tiered system of local restrictions when the national lockdown ends on December 2, Downing Street has said.

And the plan will set out how people will be able to spend their Christmas.

But ministers have made clear that the festive season will be different to normal, with some restrictions expected to remain in place.

The news comes amid reports that several families could be allowed to meet for up to a week over Christmas as part of a UK-wide relaxation of coronavirus rules.

Families could be allowed to join a bubble and to mix between December 22 and 28, the Daily Telegraph reported.



Boris Johnson will discuss the details with the Cabinet this weekend

Earlier this week, Public Health England said Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) guidance had suggested each day of greater freedom could require five days of tighter measures.

Former chief government scientific adviser Sir Mark Walport told Times Radio there was “something iconic in people’s minds” about Christmas but that it “doesn’t make sense to have big parties” this year.

He added that UK lockdown measures appeared to be working but that people should continue to follow the rules.

“It’s absolutely clear that if you were to stop everything and take the brakes off completely, then infection would start growing again and so the question is what measures will come in after December 2?” he said.

“I’m sure there will need to be continuing measures of some sort.

“Surely now, when there is the prospect of a vaccine, is not the time to give up.”

A No 10 spokeswoman said: “Everyone’s efforts during the current national restrictions have helped bring the virus back under control, slowed its spread and eased pressures on the NHS.

“But the Prime Minister and his scientific advisers are clear the virus is still present – and without regional restrictions it could quickly run out of control again before vaccines and mass testing have had an effect.

“That would put in jeopardy the progress the country has made, and once again risk intolerable pressure on the NHS.”

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