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Covid: Prime Minister to announce Winter plans including Christmas at 7 pm today

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The prime minister Boris Johnson will announce new winter plans for England, coming into force once the current lockdown ends on December 2.

It is believed this will include a tightening of the tier system and some loosening of ‘household bubble’ restrictions around the Christmas holidays.

Boris Johnson will announce plans in the House of Commons, before addressing the country in a televised press conference at 7pm on Monday 23 November.

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Welcoming the good progress made by all administrations over the past few days to design a single set of arrangements that can apply across the UK, Ministers reiterated the importance of allowing families and friends to meet in a careful and limited way, while recognising that this will not be a normal festive period and the risks of transmission remain very real.

As such, Ministers endorsed a shared objective of facilitating some limited additional household bubbling for a small number of days, but also emphasised that the public will be advised to remain cautious, and that wherever possible people should avoid travelling and minimise social contact.

In respect of Northern Ireland, Ministers also recognised that people will want to see family and friends across the island of Ireland, and this is the subject of discussions with the Irish Government.

Work is continuing to finalise the arrangements, including relating to travel. The UK Government, Scottish Government, Welsh Government and Northern Ireland Executive hope to conclude this work this week, subject to agreement by each administration.