Christmas is cancelled! Minister warns coronavirus restrictions may extend into ...

STRICT coronavirus restrictions may continue into the Christmas period according to a warning from a senior Government minister.

PUBLISHED: 00:01, Sat, Oct 24, 2020 | UPDATED: 06:31, Sat, Oct 24, 2020

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It comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was “hopeful” that certain family life aspects could be “back to normal” by the festive season. However the government appears reluctant to give any assurance to this end.

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Stephen Barclay, chief secretary to the Treasury, told BBC Radio 4 yesterday the British public has been putting a “huge effort” into getting the number of daily infections down, calling it a “common cause we are all working to”.

However, he added: “I think few people expect Christmas to be exactly as it would normally because we will be living with this virus for some time.”

The Government insists we need to control the virus now to prevent harsher restrictions over Christmas.

Stephen BarclayStephen Barclay said Britons had been putting a 'huge effort' into bringing virus numbers down (Image: WIktor Szymanowicz / NurPhoto / Getty)

Welsh health minister Vaughan Gething said Wales’ national ‘firebreak’ lockdown, which will last over two weeks across the country, would happen so businesses could experience “a much more normal Christmas season”.

He told BBC Radio Wales: “The month of December is really important for many businesses. If we delayed, we would have almost certainly impacted upon that part of the season."

Wales’ First Minister Mark Drakeford insisted the new measures “are about saving lives, not saving Christmas”.

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Boris JohnsonBoris Johnson has said he is 'hopeful' families will be able to spend Christmas together (Image: Leon Neal / Getty)

However, he added: “Our ambition is that we will not need to have this level of restriction again in Wales before Christmas.”

Meanwhile, Whitehall’s chief scientific advisor Sir Patrick Vallance said in the government’s coronavirus briefing on Thursday the tougher measures across the UK have been

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