In full: Family Christmas under threat as Boris Johnson confirms new social gathering 'rule of six'

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Britain could face a ‘Covid Christmas’ and festive season unlike any other, as Boris Johnson admitted new restrictions including the ‘rule of six’ could be in place for some time to come.

The Prime Minister confirmed that from Monday social gatherings will be limited to six people, and acknowledged it is “too early to say” where the UK will be by Christmas.

He said, in a press conference this afternoon, that he is “still hopeful” that “some aspects” of life could be back to normal by Christmas through an intensive testing regime.

Mr Johnson also confirmed a raft of additional measures, including making test-and-trace mandatory in hospitality settings and the use of ‘Covid-secure marshals’, to be introduced in town and city centres and tasked with enforcement of social distancing.

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