Christmas Parties And Nativities Should Go Ahead, Boris Johnson Says

Christmas parties and school nativities should still go ahead, the Prime Minister has said.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a press conference at Downing Street after ministers met to consider imposing new restrictions (Adrian Dennis/PA) - PA Wire © PA Wire Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a press conference at Downing Street after ministers met to consider imposing new restrictions (Adrian Dennis/PA) - PA Wire

Boris Johnson told a press conference on Wednesday that despite the introduction of new restrictions in England to help control the spread of the Omicron variant, the Government was not suggesting children should be taken out of school ahead of the holidays, or plays cancelled.

He said the Plan B measures – which include guidance to work from home and face coverings for most indoors venues – do not amount to a lockdown.

Chris Whitty, Boris Johnson and Patrick Vallance hold a press conference (Adrian Dennis/PA) (PA Wire) © Provided by The Independent Chris Whitty, Boris Johnson and Patrick Vallance hold a press conference (Adrian Dennis/PA) (PA Wire)

Mr Johnson said: “On Christmas, the best way to ensure we have a Christmas as close to normal as possible is to get on with Plan B – irritating though it may be, it is not a lockdown, it is Plan B, it is what we set out a while back – and to get your booster and to get your jab.”

He said it was his view that festive parties and nativity plays should not be cancelled.

“They should follow the guidance, of course, but we are not saying we want kids to be taken out of school before the end of term – not that there is very long to go now – and we don’t want nativity plays to be cancelled,” Mr Johnson said.

“We think that it is OK currently, on what we can see, to keep going with Christmas parties, but obviously everybody should exercise due caution, have ventilation, wash your hands, get a test before you go – (it is) a sensible thing to do to give everybody else at the party the confidence that they are going to be meeting someone who is not contagious.”

We don’t want nativity plays to be cancelled

Boris Johnson

Last year, companies and schools across the country were forced to cancel Christmas parties and nativities due to the pandemic and rising infection rates.


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