Boris Johnson says Christmas parties should go ahead despite new restrictions

Subscribe to The Global Herald in Google News

The Telegraph published this video item, entitled “Boris Johnson says Christmas parties should go ahead despite new restrictions” – below is their description.

Christmas parties should not be cancelled, insisted Boris Johnson, despite announcing a series of measures to control the spread of the Covid omnicron variant.

Speaking at a Downing Street briefing, the prime minister said: “The best way to ensure we all 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 boosters and get your jabs.”

In response to whether parties and nativities should be cancelled, he added: “They should not… in my view, they should not be [cancelled]. They should follow the guidance, of course, but we don’t want nativity kids to be cancelled, we think that it’s okay currently to keep going with Christmas parties.

“But obviously everybody should exercise due caution, have ventilation, wash your hands, get a test before you go, give yourself – and everybody else at the party – the confidence they’re going to be meeting someone who is not contagious. Those are simple things people can do.”

Asked if mandatory vaccinations would become mandatory, Mr Johnson said he does not want a society or a culture where people are forced to get vaccinated.

“I don’t think that’s ever been the way we do things in this country, and we’ve been able to achieve through the voluntarism of the British people huge numbers of our population.

“There is going to come a point, if we can show the vaccines are capable for holding omicron, that’s the key thing that we need to test… I do think we’re going to have to have a conversation about ways in which we deal with this pandemic.

“I don’t think we can keep going indefinitely with non-pharmaceutical interventions, I mean restrictions on people’s way of life, just because a substantial proportion of the population still sadly hasn’t got vaccinated.”

The Telegraph YouTube Channel

Got a comment? Leave your thoughts in the comments section, below. Please note comments are moderated before publication.

Subscribe to The Global Herald in Google News

Similar Content

About This Source - The Telegraph

The Daily Telegraph, known online as The Telegraph, is a national British daily broadsheet newspaper published in London by Telegraph Media Group and distributed across the United Kingdom and internationally. It was founded by Arthur B. Sleigh in 1855 as Daily Telegraph & Courier.

Recent from The Telegraph:

  • ‘Bat Out of Hell’ singer Meat Loaf dies aged 74
  • Your attention please: Grant Shapps announces curbing of pointless train announcements
  • Chopper’s Politics: David Davis on why he told Boris Johnson to “in the name of God, go” | Podcast
  • In This Story: COVID-19

    Covid-19 is the official WHO name given to the novel coronavirus which broke out in late 2019 and began to spread in the early months of 2020.

    Symptoms of coronavirus

    The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

    • a persistent new cough (non productive, dry)
    • a high temperature (e.g. head feels warm to the touch)
    • shortness of breath (if this is abnormal for the individual, or increased)

    Latest News about Covid-19

    Below are stories from around the globe related to the 2020 outbreak of novel Coronavirus – since the WHO gave the Covid-19 naming. Most recent items are posted nearest the top.

    5 Recent Items: COVID-19

  • Austria passes vaccine mandate +++ Spain mulls exiting pandemic strategy | COVID latest
  • U.S. Secretary of state met with Russian Foreign Minister as tensions continue to rise | ABC News
  • How Wisconsin Voters Are Reacting To Biden’s Covid Strategy
  • Hong Kong suspends in person secondary school classes
  • This Morning’s Top Headlines – Jan. 21 | Morning News NOW
  • In This Story: Lockdown

    During the 2020 Covid-19 epidemic, lockdown has come to mean the practice of attempting to control transmission of the virus by means of restricting people’s movement and activities on a broad scale, usually on a national or state-wide basis.

    3 Recent Items: Lockdown

  • Sky News Breakfast: Ministers stand by the Prime Minister
  • Netflix keeps growing, but latest figures leave investors underwhelmed • FRANCE 24 English
  • Liz Truss: ‘Real mistakes’ made when parties were held in lockdown but it is time to move on
  • In This Story: Omicron

    The Omicron variant of Covid-19 (also known as B.1.1.529) has been declared a Variant of Concern.

    The Technical Advisory Group on SARS-CoV-2 Virus Evolution (TAG-VE) is an independent group of experts that periodically monitors and evaluates the evolution of SARS-CoV-2 and assesses if specific mutations and combinations of mutations alter the behaviour of the virus. The TAG-VE was convened on 26 November 2021 to assess the SARS-CoV-2 variant: B.1.1.529 – which is known as Omicron – the group declared the variant a Variant of Concern.

    5 Recent Items: Omicron

  • Austria passes vaccine mandate +++ Spain mulls exiting pandemic strategy | COVID latest
  • U.S. Secretary of state met with Russian Foreign Minister as tensions continue to rise | ABC News
  • Care Army volunteers lend a helping hand to Queenslanders in isolation | 7NEWS
  • Queenslanders urged to get boosters amid Omicron wave | Coronavirus | 9 News Australia
  • COVID spread ‘slowing in the community’ as NSW records deadliest day of pandemic | ABC News
  • Leave a Comment

    We don't require your email address, or your name, for anyone to leave a comment. If you do add an email address, you may be notified if there are replies to your comment - we won't use it for any other purpose. Please make respectful comments, which add value, and avoid personal attacks on others. Links are not allowed in comments - 99% of spam comments, attempt to post links. Please describe where people may find additional information - for example "visit the UN website" or "search Google for..." rather than posting a link. Comments failing to adhere to these guidelines will not be published.