Easter can be the “new Christmas”, the Communities Secretary has said as the Government prepares to ask people to exercise maximum caution over the five-day window when the rules are relaxed.
Ahead of a second meeting of the four UK governments this morning, Robert Jenrick said the legal framework would “continue” but insisted that it was “incumbent on each and every family” to discuss whether they really needed to meet up.
It comes after sources at yesterday’s meeting, chaired by Michael Gove, revealed that Nicola Sturgeon had proposed reducing the number of households in a Christmas bubble from three to two, as well as cutting the number of days.
However, all four nations indicated they could potentially live with maintaining the status quo.
Speaking to Sky News this morning, Mr Jenrick said: “The legal framework will continue but because the rate of infection in many parts of the country, because we can see the international examples like Thanksgiving, it is incumbent on each and every family across the country , this morning and in the days ahead to have that conversation around the breakfast table and ask ‘is this right for our family?'”
“This is a virus that thrives on social interaction, so bringing more people together, even over this short period of time, is not cost-free. It will have consequences in terms of increasing the rate. It will rise.”
Mr Jenrick suggested some people may therefore want to put off large family gatherings until the spring. Easter can be the new Christmas,” he added.
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