Coronavirus UK: 46% of families will stick to Christmas lockdown rules

Would YOU break the rules to spend Christmas with your family? Almost half of families in the UK say they will adhere to coronavirus regulations during the holiday season – but one in five would break the law to see their loved ones

  • New polls show that almost half of families intend to stick to the Covid rules this Christmas
  • Around 46 percent said they will not meet with others indoors if it is prohibited
  • Only 19 percent said they won't follow the rules if mixing is prohibited in the home

Almost half of families in the UK intend to abide by coronavirus rules for Christmas even if they prevent them from seeing their loved ones.

A survey exclusive to MailOnline found that 46 percent of people said they fully comply with the rules and refrain from partying with relatives or friends in other households when the restrictions in their area make it necessary.

The October 28th Redfield & Wilton Strategies poll of 3,000 people found that only 19 percent intend not to fully comply with the rules and still party indoors with people outside their immediate household.

A little more than one in ten, about 14 percent, said they would try to adhere to restrictions and meet loved ones outdoors in public on the big day, while five percent intend to party abroad and 17 percent were not sure what they're going to do.

Only 19 percent of people said they intend not to abide by coronavirus rules over Christmas, when households that gather indoors are prohibited

The government has a big headache about what to do about the coronavirus rules over the Christmas season.

Ministers believe that it is inevitable that many people will travel to be with their families, even if restrictions dictate it.

However, there are fears that temporarily lifting the rules to allow families to meet would result in a "spread event" that would lead to a significant increase in coronavirus infections.

Today's poll found the nation is divided over whether the government understands the economic and social damage its lockdown restrictions are doing.

Around 47 percent of respondents said the government understands the implications for the public, but 37 percent say the government does not.

Meanwhile, four in ten Britons (39 percent) said they support restrictions like easing the rule of six over Christmas, and 31 percent are so strongly against it.

The debate over what to do during the Christmas season continues in Whitehall. Ministers insist that it is too early to take decisions on this matter.

Police chiefs have said that if rules banning household shuffling are in place over Christmas, officials could cut off family reunions.

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said yesterday that "the police have a duty and responsibility to enforce the rules".

"Of course we want to make sure that families can gather for Christmas," he told Sky News.

“I want to be with my own family for Christmas. That is a long way off.

"What we need to do now is take action, firm action against the virus, to give us the best possible chance of doing this, and that is what we are trying to do."

Tory MPs have urged the government to give families a "break" and allow them to meet after a "terrible year".

They also blew up the suggestion that the police could take action against families who meet for Christmas dinner when they said "this is not a totalitarian state like China".


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