Christmas may be saved as ‘rule of six’ could be scrapped over festive period

Christmas could be on-track for normality as the Government is reportedly discussing changing the rules of six for a couple of days.

The "rule of six" was re-introduced in September by officials in a bid to control further spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus.

The new plan, if given the green light, will mean that the strict socialising rule will be temporarily relaxed to allow up to 12 people to gather together, but only over Christmas Eve and Day.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is reportedly backing the plan to increase the size of social bubbles, but it's all dependant on where the country will be at in terms of controlling the virus by December.

If put in place, it will allow two sets of grandparents and parents, three children and an aunt or uncle to all celebrate together during the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.

As well as Sunak's backing, Business Secretary Alok Sharma is also understood to be the leading Cabinet minister behind the plan, reports the Mail on Sunday.

Sharma and Sunak, along with Home Secretary Priti Patel and International Trade Secretary Liz Truss are among some of the ministerial "hawks" who believe Prime Minister Boris Johnson should be enforcing a greater emphasis on safeguarding the economy when considering new rules.

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A source revealed to the Mail: "Alok thinks people will need something to look forward to after the next couple of difficult months, and doubling the rule for a couple of days allows that with only a limited extra infection risk attached.

"It hasn't been formally considered by the Treasury yet as a proposal, but it is in line with Rishi's world view."

The Prime Minister has been urging the British public to "save Christmas" by adhering to social distancing rules and abiding by any lockdown restrictions.

He has assured that the Government will do "everything we can to make sure Christmas for everybody is as normal as possible".

The proposed temporary two-day increase in socialising numbers has been hailed a greater alternative to an earlier plan.

This would be that families would have to isolate for two weeks before Christmas in order to be able to gather on the day itself.

However, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has his worries that even a two-day relaxation could have catastrophic results, creating a mid-winter surge in cases when hospitals are already under a huge strain.

Yesterday, the COVID-19 death toll in Britain by 81, and a whopping 15,166 cases being reported across the country as the north of England expect a stricter lockdown as a result.

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