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Andy Burnham has said the government’s Christmas COVID rules are “allowing too much”, The Manc

Andy Burnham has said the government’s Christmas COVID rules are “allowing too much”

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham has said the rules give people too much freedom – suggesting regions could spend January in Tier 3 as a result.
Andy Burnham has said the government’s Christmas COVID rules are “allowing too much”, The Manc

Andy Burnham has criticised the COVID Christmas rules published this week – claiming that the government is “allowing too much”.

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Leaders of the four UK nations have agreed on a set of guidelines for gathering over the festive holidays – with travel allowed between tiers and borders from 23-27 December.

People are permitted to form ‘Christmas bubbles‘ of up to three households during this period.

However, Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham has said the rules give too much freedom – suggesting that large portions of the country could end up spending January in Tier 3 as a result.

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“It’s allowing too much,” the Mayor told ITV.

“It’s a green light… and what’s the price people may have to pay? A December in a pretty miserable Tier 3 for many people… and then possibly a January in Tier 3.

“It’s too much, I don’t think the government has got the balance right here.”

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Burnham suggested that allowing two households to mix “for a couple of days or just on Christmas Day” would have been suffice – with concerns that five days of freedom could result in much tighter restrictions for a longer period after the holidays.

“I would take a much more balanced approach to this,” he added.

“Honestly, I do think this is too much.”

Andy Burnham has said the government’s Christmas COVID rules are “allowing too much”, The Manc
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Burnham spent several weeks at loggerheads with the government over local restrictions back in October – with the Mayor accusing Westminster of treating Greater Manchester like the “sacrificial lamb” by asking them to accept Tier 3 rulings.

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Greater Manchester was eventually pushed into Tier 3 by force, with the whole country entering a lockdown a matter of days later.

England is set to return to its tiered system once the current set of restrictions end on December 2.

Each region will be assigned a tier on Thursday (November 26) – and the government has warned there will be “no negotiation.”

Some rules will tighten up – with hospitality set to be closed down completely in Tier 3 areas.

The full guidance for gathering over Christmas can be found online on the government website.

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