Written by on December 6, 2021

Christmas will be going ahead after Prime Minister Boris Johnson decided to press ahead with the festive season as planned.

But amid a rising Omicron case figure, the PM will keep some measures until the New Year.

Today, its reported that face mask and face covering mandates will last into January, as well as travel rules for passengers.

 

Quarantine for arrivals and self-isolation rules for those in contact with Omicron Covid sufferers are also set to stay.

Pre-travel testing will also be kept in place to 2022.

The Whitehall source said: “In terms of Plan B, we are not there yet. The ambition is that people can have a much more normal Christmas than last year.

“That depends on what the data shows about the new variant.”

The source from the government continued: “But certainly the hope is that things stay as they are in the next couple of weeks.”

Media source say “The hope is we won’t have to introduce anything new, and the current measures — testing at the border and mask wearing — are not too much of an impingement.”

It comes as the first Omicron case was discovered in the West Midlands, with the first of the region’s cases confirmed in Sandwell, West Mids, on Monday.

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