Boris Johnson hints he will suspend ‘rule of six’ on Christmas so families can spend it together


BORIS Johnson has hinted he will suspend the Rule of Six on Christmas so families can spend it together.

The PM said this afternoon he would do “everything we can” to make sure grandparents don’t get left out or family lunches have to be split up by the coronavirus rule.

Boris Johnson hinted the coronavirus rule of six could be suspended on Christmas

When asked if he was saying “to families of five that they can’t have both grandparents around for Christmas”, Mr Johnson told ITV: “We’re not saying that at all.

He was pressed on the point and asked “so you’ll let them off the rules?”

Mr Johnson replied: “Listen to me, we’re doing everything we can, everything we can to make sure Christmas for everybody is as normal as possible.”

The Rule of Six currently makes many family Christmas lunches impossible to do without having to cut down on numbers.

When the rules were announced, This Morning presenter Holly Willoughby revealed she was devastated she would have to pick between her parents if the rules were still in place.

But the festive season poses a real problem as families try and come together around the country, moving from areas with higher infection rates to see relatives.

There are worries over keeping elderly and vulnerable people safe as kids rush home to see their parents and grandparents.

And university students have had to cope with uncertainty over whether they will get home for Christmas at all after scores of clusters on campuses.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said previously he would do everything he could to make sure students could get home in time for Christmas.

Some of the ideas floated even include a 2-week isolation period for students coming back from campuses.