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Boris Johnson is considering imposing a household mixing ban over Christmas in what would be a crushing blow to millions of Brits, according to reports.
The Prime Minister has been presented with several options drawn up by officials for further restrictions.
The doomsday news comes as the Omicron variant of Covid-19 spreads rapidly across the UK, with 82,886 new daily cases, marking the third day in a row the number of confirmed infections was over 80,000.
Mr Johnson has been presented with three options for restrictions, according to The Telegraph. The first, and least severe, would see families asked to limit contact indoors without legal enforcement.
The second option would ban household mixing, reintroduce social distancing and impose an 8pm curfew on pubs and restaurants.
The third option is the dreaded return to a full lockdown.
However, the Prime Minister was warned on Sunday by Cabinet ministers that a ban on households mixing and closure of non-essential shops that he would face a backlash.
Last year Mr Johnson effectively cancelled Christmas with a few days notice as coronavirus cases spiralled in December 2020.
In the House of Commons on Tuesday, Mr Johnson suffered the biggest rebellion to date as a record number of Tory MPs voted against the introduction of Plan B regulations.
A source told The Telegraph that the PM is understood to favour the most "light touch" option presented to him when it comes to reintroducing Covid restrictions.
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It had been reported that the Government will make an announcement on rumoured new coronavirus restrictions on Boxing Day, but that date could be brought forward.
Appearing on the final ever episode of The Andrew Marr Show on BBC One, Health Secretary Sajid Javid said the pandemic had made it clear decision makers were not able to give any guarantees.
After it was suggested to him that he was not ruling out new restrictions before Christmas, Mr Javid said: “There are no guarantees in this pandemic, I don’t think.
“At this point we just have to keep everything under review.”
- Boris Johnson
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