Prime Minister Boris Johnson could make his final decision on the introduction of any new Covid rules as soon as Monday – bringing many New Year's Eve celebrations across the country into doubt..
Despite rumours yesterday that it was too late to do so, The Sun is now reporting that, even though positive reports that Omicron is milder than previous Coronavirus strains are emerging, he could still be looking at introducing restrictions before New Year.
However, one potential roadblock in the way of Boris Johnson could be the time it would take to recall Parliament, debate the new restrictions and then pass them through a Parliamentary vote.
Yesterday, 22-year-old political commentator Olivia Essem exclusively told the Daily Star that reintroducing restrictions over and above the mask-wearing currently in place would take a “huge toll” on the mental health of young people.
She said: “Lockdowns and restrictions have taken a huge toll on my mental health, more than I ever thought possible, so I’m keeping everything crossed that we are moving in the right direction.
“Waiting for more data is a wise decision and hopefully over the next few weeks they can begin to look at removing the restrictions we do have at the moment.
“After an awful two years, it will do wonders for the country to have a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and I’m looking forward to continuing normally and, as a young person, I am very happy with this news.”
However, Ms Essem did clarify that the government needs to give “more certainty” regarding the potential of any further restrictions in the new year, but without a change in the data, it would be an “extreme overreaction”.
Despite the rare glimmer of hope, provided by experts claiming that we shouldn't worry too much about the new variant, SAGE experts are still claiming that the NHS could become overwhelmed because of staff being forced to isolate if they test positive for the virus.
Labour MP Rosie Duffield told the Daily Star that the Government has "left people to decide for themselves" and weigh up the safety of their communities versus "being able to enjoy Christmas and New Year with friends and family".
She added: "Many are confused by the lack of clear messaging around Omicron and hospitality businesses have been left with very little support at what should be their most profitable time after another bleak year."
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