The Prime Minister was unable to say whether families will be able to celebrate Christmas together this year, as the Government’s top medic predicted a “difficult” few months ahead over winter.
At a press conference officially announcing that social gatherings of more than six people will be illegal in England from Monday, Boris Johnson said it “breaks his heart” to have to impose restrictions on families.
When asked at the first Downing Street briefing since July whether Christmas was effectively cancelled, Mr Johnson told reporters it was “too early to say” whether big parties could be held over the festive season.
He added: “The thing we need now is for everybody to work together to enforce the rule of six and get the current spike down.”
The new rules are an attempt to reduce social contact amid a rise in Covid-19 cases across the UK, with a particular peak in infections among young people.