Four families may be allowed to visit at Christmas – but face a January 25 lockdown in England.
Families can create social “bubbles” with four families for five days of “independence” during the festival.
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The move will allow relatives to spend several days together and not have to choose between grandparents.
But Public Health England officials warned that each day of relaxation would demand “five-day strict restrictions”.
This paves the way for a 25-day lockdown in the New Year.
The ministers are scheduled to announce a new regional restriction on December 2nd.
Government scientists are pushing for a three-tier system Strengthen Christmas run-ups to prevent the emergence of infections.
But Boris Johnson wants to relax Covid’s rules over Christmas to reunite the family at the end of “an incredibly difficult year.”
Earlier this week, The Sun exclusively revealed that families can be reunited within five days.
Despite not making a final decision, Whitehall sources confirmed that the prime minister is looking to temporarily relax six policies to allow large Christmas gatherings.
Not meeting anyone else during the festival – up to three or four family groups may be allowed.
However, it is not yet clear whether there will be a higher limit on the number of people allowed to gather in one place during festivals.
With a planned bank holiday for Thursday and Monday, December 26, the day before Christmas, ministers are targeting a five-day holiday.
Young children can also be exempted from any number of restrictions during the Christmas period.
Sage sub-group member said. Thomas House said: “We have seen how quickly the virus spread when students returned to the university, so we want to avoid it.
“But there are risks to everything and seeing family at Christmas can be seen as an acceptable risk.”
Dr Susan Hopkins, Director of Public Health England, added: “We are keen to get as close to Christmas as possible.
“This requires all of us to make every effort to reduce the number of cases as much as possible during this period of national sanctions, and even in early December, and to reduce the risk of transmission between and within families.”
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“A final decision will remain with the government.”
Addressing the government’s plans for Christmas, Dame Angela McLean said: “We sent out some suggestions over the weekend.
“But we don’t really know what the decision was.”