Matt Hancock asked again about Christmas Covid rules

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock said it was too early to say which contacts will be able over Christmas – or what restrictions will be in place.

He said at a press conference on Downing Street that the government and decentralized administrations for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland wanted a “single set of rules” across the UK.

He said, “Over Christmas I will know how important it is for us to have a system, a set of rules, that both keeps people safe and allows people to see loved ones.

“A lot of people have families in different parts of the UK, so we are working with the UK government and the three decentralized administrations to try to have a single set of rules in all four countries so that people can travel and see theirs more easily Lover.

“But there have to be rules because of course we want to guarantee people’s safety.”

He added: “I am very respectful of the work that is being done by others to see if we can achieve a British approach. So I am reluctant to make any further comments on the Christmas arrangements.”

“I just think it would be such a boost for the whole of Britain if the four nations, each with a decentralized responsibility for health care, could come together and come up with a series of agreements that are both safe and careful and sensible , but also families allow See you at Christmas. “

Mr Hancock told reporters no decisions had been made about what additional restrictions might be required after the lockdown in England was eased on December 2nd.

Northern Ireland will deploy a two-week breaker next Friday, while Scotland has been placing two million people in the toughest restrictions for three weeks.

Meanwhile, Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford said today there is evidence that the fire in Wales has successfully helped lower the rate of coronavirus transmission.

Mr. Hancock said, “We are currently working on what will happen after December 2nd. It is too early to judge.”

“I’m afraid we still haven’t made those decisions.

He added that he had become “more and more confident” that life would be closer to normal by spring.



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