A doctor has warned that the government relaxing lockdown restrictions at Christmas will be a ‘disaster’.
Families living in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will be able to see their loved ones over the festive season after the government announced a ‘Christmas Bubble’ plan.
People from up to three separate households can mix from December 23 to 27, but the bubble cannot be changed once it is formed.
Speaking to Lorraine on Tuesday’s show, Dr Amir Khan has warned that people ‘need to be careful’ when seeing family at Christmas.
‘Relaxing the rules over Christmas, over those five days is a disaster,’ he told the host.
‘It’s just going to be terrible come January when we see a surge in cases.
‘People have got to be careful, just because you can do it, doesn’t mean you should do it.’
‘If you are mixing households over Christmas as the government has allowed, I wouldn’t recommend it but if you are, don’t hug elderly relatives, don’t hug vulnerable people,’ the GP added.
‘Try and maintain that distance and open windows where you can, but, Lorraine, I’ll be honest, please try where you can just celebrate Christmas with the people you live with.’
It comes after Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed that London would be plunged into a tier-three system, forcing pubs and restaurants to close again.
Under tier three restrictions, people are banned from meeting anyone outside their household or bubble indoors, in private gardens or outdoor venues.
They can still meet people outside their household or bubble in spaces such as at parks, or the beach. Shops, gyms and personal care services are also allowed to stay open.
Lorraine airs weekdays at 9am on ITV.
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