School nativities can go ahead despite Omicron Covid variant, says gov boss

Nativity plays in schools can go ahead despite the Omicron variant of Covid, a government boss has said.

Health Minister Edward Argar said: “We haven’t told schools to cancel events like that.

“Headteachers will make their own judgments. What we are saying is people should as ever, be sensible.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson reckons we need even more donkeys, so holding the plays will boost his cause.

The news came as a poll by Teacher Tapp suggests that 10% of primary schools will not be having a nativity.

Arabella Skinner, of parent campaign group UsForThem, said: “Evidence now speaks to the harm we have wreaked on children’s education, welfare and health over the last 18 months.

"To cause them further damage through increased measures and cancellation of events should be unthinkable.”

The news comes after commuters and shoppers have been told they could be slapped with fines over £6k if they refuse to follow the new guidelines from tomorrow.

As well as shops, buses trains and trams, masks must also be worn in hairdressers, nail salons, banks and post offices in England from 4am on November 30.

However, masks won't be required in the hospitality sector, meaning they aren't needed in restaurants and pubs, or by law in venues like concerts, cinemas and theatres.

Penalties of £200 will be handed to people in England who don't wear a face-covering as the government attempt a national crackdown on the Omicron Covid variant.

  • Brits can be fined over £6k from tomorrow for not wearing face mask

People who continually fail to comply with the rules will have their fine doubled with each offence, The Sun reports.

So while a first offence is £200, a second infraction £400, an £800 charge for a third offence up to the maximum penalty of £6,400.

Cases of the new variant have been found across more and more of the globe leading many nations to limit flights to southern Africa including 11 cases being confirmed in the UK.

Boosters and second jabs now extended to millions more Brits and another Christmaslockdown hasn't been ruled out as a last resort.

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