Britain will relax epidemic prevention restrictions on Christmas and allow three families to exchange visits
Chinanews.com, November 25 According to the “Central News Agency”, the British governments of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland reached a consensus on the 24th to relax epidemic prevention restrictions during the five-day Christmas from December 23 to 27. Up to three families can visit each other and meet, but their members must be fixed.
According to reports, on the afternoon of the 24th local time, the leaders of the four major regions met and reached a consensus to allow up to three families to form “Christmas epidemic prevention bubbles”. During the Christmas holiday, the traffic ban between the four major regions will also be loosened at the same time.
However, the “Christmas epidemic prevention bubble” composed of three families must be a fixed member, and once formed, it cannot be changed. A family is only allowed to join a “Christmas epidemic prevention bubble”, and can only meet at home, in their own gardens, places of worship or outdoors, and cannot go to bars, restaurants or entertainment places such as theaters.
“Even with these rules, people must judge for themselves whether to meet with their relatives and friends during Christmas and pay attention to the risks to themselves and others, especially for people who are physically vulnerable,” the four regions issued a joint statement.
According to the regulations of the English region, if people want to meet members other than the “Christmas epidemic bubble”, they must comply with the requirements of the Level 3 epidemic warning system and meet outdoors. Children under the age of 18 are allowed to participate in two “Christmas epidemic prevention bubbles” if their parents do not live together, and do not have to choose to spend the holiday with their father or mother only.
British Prime Minister Johnson said in a film released on Downing Street that the decision was “a special and time-bound expediency”.
Scotland’s Chief Minister Sturgeon said that the virus will not take Christmas holidays, so although the epidemic prevention policy has been relaxed during Christmas, she appealed to the public to remain vigilant and use them responsibly.