National confusion across the UK amid differing COVID regulations

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Published on December 17, 2020 by

Sky News reporter Sam Coates says there is uncertainty in the United Kingdom over when and how Christmas will be celebrated across the country.

“I’m not sure about what the government should be telling us because I’m not sure the government really know,” a UK resident told Sky News.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced, “having looked at the latest data with our colleagues in the devolved administrations, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, we’ve decided that the overall situation is alas worse, more challenging than we’d hoped when we first set the rules.”

“We’re keeping the laws the same but we all want to send the same message: a smaller Christmas is going to be a safer Christmas and a shorter Christmas is a safer Christmas,” he said.

Despite the supposed uniformity of COVID regulations across the country, the Welsh government broke with Westminster and announced it will be a criminal offence for three or more households to meet over Christmas.

“There’s no doubt it’s messy having different laws and different guidelines in different parts of the United Kingdom over Christmas,” Mr Coates said.

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