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Government ‘could STOP large families from meeting at Christmas – and even those fewer than six may be banned from seeing each other if they are in different tiers’, minister reveals – as police chief says officers will ENTER HOMES to break up gatherings

  • George Eustice: festive gatherings that adhere to Rule of Six could be banned
  • Environment Secretary said it would affect families living across lockdown tiers 
  • West Midlands police chief says officers will investigate Christmas gatherings
  • He said police can only enforce the rules handed down by the Government
  • Mr Jamieson also warned riots could be sparked by ‘heavy-handed’ police
  • He fears the end of furlough and Christmas restrictions could cause unrest 

Environment Secretary George Eustice also said that even festive gatherings that adhere to the Rule of Six could be outlawed if they include people living in different lockdown tiers.

His comments came as Boris Johnson was presented with a Christmas nightmare by Sage scientific advisers who warned that the second wave of coronavirus will be  even deadlier than the first.

Speaking to LBC this morning Mr Eustice said it is ‘too early to say’ how lockdowns could affect festivities, but added ‘Obviously if we do need to have restrictions in place, and prevent families from coming together in large gatherings, if that’s necessary to control the virus that’s what we’ll have to do.’

Asked on Times Radio if families from different tiers would be able to spend Christmas together, he added this is ‘not provided for currently’.

Mr Eustice was speaking after a police chief warned that Christmas family celebrations could be broken up by police officers entering homes if they flout lockdown rules.

David Jamieson, the West Midlands police and crime commissioner, said officers will investigate reports of rule-breaking over the festive period.

The West Midlands is currently under Tier 2 restrictions, meaning people cannot mix with any other households or bubbles inside.

Environment Secretary George Eustice said that even festive gatherings that adhere to the Rule of Six could be outlawed if they include people living in different lockdown tiers.

David Jamieson, the West Midlands police and crime commissioner, said officers will investigate reports of rule-breaking over the festive period.

The West Midlands are currently under Tier 2 restrictions, meaning people cannot mix with any other households or bubbles inside

Mr Jamieson told The Telegraph: ‘If we think there’s large groups of people gathering where they shouldn’t be, then police will have to intervene. If, again, there’s flagrant breaking of the rules, then the police would have to enforce.

‘It’s not the police’s job to stop people enjoying their Christmas. However, we are there to enforce the rules that the Government makes, and if the Government makes those rules then the Government has to explain that to the public.’

The police chief also warned about the upcoming Hanukkah and Diwali celebrations which will also see families eager to gather inside, contrary to the rules in certain areas.

The three-tier system was introduced earlier this month in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus in regional hotspots.

Today broadcaster and peer Baroness (Joan) Bakewell spoke about the ‘moral imperatives of caring and loving for each other’, telling the BBC: ‘It seems to me that many older people might be prepared to take the risk.

‘How many Christmases have you got left in your life that you’re prepared to give up one just for the sake of perhaps living a little longer?

‘I think it’s going to be a moral decision that families are going to have to take. You can’t legalise it, you can’t police it, so people are thrown on their own resources to work this out for themselves.’

(https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8888639/Government-stop-large-families-meeting-Christmas-bloc-cross-tier-gatherings.html?fbclid=IwAR2pAC11YKWAbspgsGGB1pUziZYDHiu8SsT-CMAm2N79kRguKEsiVTRVc30)

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