Residence Secretary Priti Patel additionally urged households to “change their plans” in the event that they have been planning to journey lengthy distances to see family members through the festive season after surges in Covid-19 instances in components of the nation, together with London.
Requested on Instances Radio if the Authorities steerage now boiled all the way down to not assembly up with aged family members this Christmas the place doable, Ms Patel mentioned: “I feel it does as we’re seeing rising infections throughout the nation.
“Coronavirus has had a devastating affect and devastating impact and, after all, you wish to defend all people.
“I received’t be seeing my mom and father this Christmas and I’m not alone.
“There shall be a whole lot of hundreds of households throughout the nation who haven’t seen aged family members and received’t be seeing aged family members.
“And I personally suppose it’s essential that we do every thing we will to guard them.”
It was not clear if her view on not seeing aged family members if doable is official Authorities coverage.
Earlier, she mentioned people who find themselves planning to journey lengthy distance over Christmas ought to change their plans.
Talking on BBC Radio 4’s Immediately programme, she mentioned: “We’d urge everybody to be conscientious and to make the suitable plans and the suitable adjustments to their plans as nicely, therefore the purpose about having a smaller and shorter Christmas.”
She added: “I feel the British public are good sufficient to make their very own choices and judgements and so they don’t wish to put themselves in danger, they received’t put their associates and households in danger.
“We’re urging folks to not journey. Why would you journey? When you’re in a low tier space, why would you journey right into a excessive tier space? So folks will train their judgment.”
Requested if she is asking folks to cancel their plans in the event that they intend to journey lengthy distances, Ms Patel mentioned: “I’d urge folks to vary. I received’t be seeing my mother and father this Christmas, my mother and father reside in a distinct a part of the nation and I can’t journey to see them.
“I wish to defend them, I don’t wish to be spreading the virus. I really feel I’ll take that duty and others will make that judgement too.”