Three households could be able to meet at Christmas over 5 days under plans being discussed at crunch COBRA
THREE households could be able to meet at Christmas under plans being discussed at this afternoon’s crunch COBRA summit.
Michael Gove is convening the UK leaders at 4pm today to try and hammer out a festive deal to save the holidays – which is set to include a five-day travel window.
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As first revealed by The Sun last week, leaders are working on a plan to allow people to meet up for several days over the festive period – likely the 23th or 24th to the 27th or 28th.
Three households are expected to be allowed to meet up – and will have to form an exclusive bubble and not meet others.
It’s not yet clear whether there will be an overall limit on the number of people who can mix – and whether kids will count or not.
In Wales and Scotland kids under 12 don’t count in the Rule of Six, but they do in England.
It’s also expected that there will be a relaxation of restrictions on overnight stays, and people will be allowed to travel freely.
At the moment in England and Scotland people face restrictions on travelling out of their area – and some aren’t allowed to stay overnight.
The plan is being hammered out this afternoon.
But Nicola Sturgeon said earlier that the rules may differ for Scotland.
She said this afternoon: “I will take part in a Cobra meeting later today where it is hoped that we will agree a common framework – albeit that some details, for example on the precise definition of household – might differ to reflect the different circumstances in each nation.
“I know everyone has a desire to see loved ones over the festive period. However there is also a very real and legitimate anxiety that doing so could put those we love at risk, set back our progress as a country and result in unnecessary deaths and suffering.”
It could mean that people in Scotland may be allowed to have different numbers of people round for Christmas dinner than in England – which would spark uproar across the nation.
WALES IN TIERS?
Meanwhile, Wales might have to enter a similar system to England’s tiers before and after Christmas to keep cases down, Mark Drakeford warned today.
The Welsh First Minister said today: “I have been making the case in the meetings we have had with the other nations of the United Kingdom for a broadly aligned approach, not just for the narrow period of Christmas but in the run-up to Christmas and in the post-Christmas period.”
Already the relaxation of the lockdown rules after their fire-break has led to an change in their figures, he warned.
The Welsh Government Cabinet will meet regularly “to see whether there are further measures” that need to be introduced.
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