Brits are facing a bleak Christmas under restrictive coronavirus measures that could last well into 2021.
This afternoon Boris Johnson announced a string of measures designed to curb the rapidly rising spread of the coronavirus .
From Thursday pubs and restaurants will have to close from 10pm and fines for people caught breaking the ‘rule of six’ will double to £200 .
And Mr Johnson said the new restrictions – which could become stricter if the infection rate is not controlled – will last “perhaps six months”.
Earlier a spokesperson for the Prime Minister warned: “We are in for a challenging winter period and restrictions are going to be required for a number of months”.
Former Labour spin doctor Alistair Campbell blasted the news that restrictions could last six months.
“Christmas is cancelled – exactly as Boris Johnson said it wouldn’t be,” he said.
“He has presided over failure and is to a very large extent responsible for it. I cannot think of a single government that has handled it worse than these liars, charlatans and clowns.”
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When asked in the Commons by Tunbridge Wells MP Greg Clarke whether the six month prediction could be shortened, Mr Johnson said it was subject to review.
“The answer is of course we must look at what the data tells us and above all we look at the R, we also look at rates of admissions into hospitals and new infections,” the Prime Minister said.
“If things turn around and the British public can do what they did before and get this virus down then of course we will look at measures.”
It was also announced that only 15 people will be allowed to attend weddings from Monday and five-a-side football will be axed.
There will be no total ban on two households meeting up, either in private or in a pub or restaurant – except for the 13 .7million people already under local lockdowns.
This is despite Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty warning: “We have to break unnecessary links between households, because that is the way in which this virus is transmitted.”
It means millions of people in England can leave the pub at 10pm and go round their mate’s house to carry on drinking under new coronavirus rules.
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