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Over Half Of People Surveyed Want Lockdown Rules Relaxed For Christmas

Over Half Of People Surveyed Want Lockdown Rules Relaxed For Christmas

With Christmas fast approaching and daily coronavirus deaths still in the hundreds, the debate over whether holiday celebrations should go on as usual is heating up.

TV host Lorraine Kelly said this week she thought that 2020's festivities should be cancelled altogether to prevent the virus from spreading.

Families don't yet know what the rules are this Christmas (Credit: Shutterstock)
Families don't yet know what the rules are this Christmas (Credit: Shutterstock)

But others strongly disagree with many, including GMB's Kate Garraway, admitting they're "conflicted" over wanting to stick to the rules and also wanting to see their loved ones.

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That's why we decided to put it to the people, asking the Tyla community what they thought about halting all festivities this year.


And it turns out that 56.9 per cent of you would like to see the lockdown removed over the holidays, according to our poll.

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When asked 'Do you think lockdown rules should be relaxed for Christmas?' the majority voted 'yes, 2020 was bad enough'. Meanwhile, 43.1 per cent disagreed, instead voting 'no, keep my family safe'.

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The poll comes after Matt Hancock indicated that a major easing of coronavirus restrictions over the festive period is unlikely, confirming that "it won't be like a normal Christmas".

Families may have to celebrate virtually this year (Credit: Shutterstock)
Families may have to celebrate virtually this year (Credit: Shutterstock)

Speaking on Sky News this morning, the health secretary went on to say that he wants a country-wide set of rules in place over the festive season "if at all possible".

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He said: "Again, on this we don't know yet. I know how much, how important Christmas is. It is important to my family, it is important to people right across the country.

"We want to have a set of rules, if at all possible, that is UK-wide, not least because so many people travel between different parts of the UK."

Mr Hancock went on to say that government officials were working hard to map out an "agreed set of rules".

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He continued: "So we are working with the devolved authorities to try to get an agreed set of rules for Christmas.

"It of course won't be like a normal Christmas....but we hope that they'll allow for a bit more of that normal Christmas that people really look forward to."

Featured Image Credit: Unsplash

Topics: Christmas, Life News, Life, Coronavirus

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Joanna Freedman

Joanna is a journalist at Tyla with a particular interest in highlighting women's issues and telling inspiring first person stories. She's also their resident foodie, and loves covering exciting new beauty launches, too. Contact her at [email protected]