Coronavirus restrictions in Staffordshire are remaining in tier 3 for at least the next two weeks.
In a major change the Christmas 5 day break which would allow 3 families to form a Christmas bubble has now been reduced to a one day break. The changes were announced by Boris Johnson today alongside the creation of tier 4 for parts of the south east and London.
Families in the Moorlands believe the change is necessary but feel that the changes have been left too late.
One Leek family said
“I understand that it’s needed with how things are going. It was meant to be a pleasant end to the year but I understand it’s necessary. We had got plans but that has obviously got to now change it’s a shame we didn’t have more notice on the decision”
Boris Johnson said at the briefing
“As Prime Minister, it is my duty to take the difficult decisions, to do what is right to protect the people of this country.
Given the early evidence we have on this new variant of the virus, and the potential risk it poses, it is with a heavy heart that I must tell you we cannot continue with Christmas as planned.
In England, those living in tier 4 areas should not mix with anyone outside their own household at Christmas, though support bubbles will remain in place for those at particular risk of loneliness or isolation.
Across the rest of the country, the Christmas rules allowing up to three households to meet will now be limited to Christmas Day only, rather than the five days as previously set out.
As before, there will be no relaxation on 31 December, so people must not break the rules at New Year.
I know how much emotion people invest in this time of year, and how important it is for grandparents to see their grandchildren, and for families to be together.
So I know how disappointing this will be, but we have said throughout this pandemic that we must and we will be guided by the science.”