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First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford and First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon have both changed the Christmas advice for their respective nations residents.
Nicola Sturgeon said governments across the UK did “not intend to take away the flexibility” over Christmas.
The First Minister added at her Coronavirus briefing: “That, in my view, wouldn’t be fair at this stage and wouldn’t be realistic either, and may risk undermining, rather than strengthening, compliance with the overall Covid guidance.”
She said the Scottish Government would strengthen its guidance to people on “whether and how they make use of the flexibility”.
Ms Sturgeon added she hoped there could be a four nations agreement on a “clear and united” message to to the public on this.
Welsh counterpart Mark Drakeford, said: “I think I will be as clear as I am able to be at this point. The result of the meetings between the four nations has not yet been published,” Wales’ First Minister told the Welsh Government briefing.
“I cannot anticipate that statement and it would be unfair to all the other governments of the UK.
“The top message is as clear as it can be. Here in Wales over the Christmas period the clear message from the Welsh Government is that only two households should meet.
“That is how serious things are in Wales. Whether that is guidance, whether that is regulation, the message is the same.
“Only two households should get together. That’s how serious things are. I can’t go beyond that until the results of the discussions between the four governments are published later today.”
But Boris Johnson urged people to “exercise extreme caution” as they celebrate Christmas amid fears about the spread of coronavirus.
At Prime Minister’s Questions, Mr Johnson said it was right to “stress the importance of people taking care this Christmas”, particularly due to the risk of asymptomatic transmission of coronavirus.
He told MPs: “We should exercise extreme caution in the way we celebrate Christmas.
“We can celebrate it sensibly but we have to be extremely cautious in the way we behave.”
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