LONDON, Nov 22 (Reuters) - The British government said on
Sunday it was working with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
to ease COVID-19 restrictions over Christmas to allow families
to get together.
Cabinet Minister Michael Gove discussed the issue with the
first ministers of the devolved administrations on Saturday, the
government said, and they agreed it was important for families
and friends to meet in a careful and limited way, while
recognising it would not be a normal festive period.
"As such, ministers endorsed a shared objective of
facilitating some limited additional household bubbling for a
small number of days, but also emphasised that the public will
be advised to remain cautious, and that wherever possible people
should avoid travelling and minimise social contact", it said.
Finance Minster Rishi Sunak earlier said on Sunday that
Britons would not be able to enjoy a normal Christmas this year,
but the government was looking at ways to enable families to get
"Frustrating as it is for all of us, Christmas is not going
to be normal this year," he told Sky's Sophie Ridge on Sunday.
"But that said, the prime minister is, for example, looking
at ways to see how families can spend time with each other."
(Reporting by Paul Sandle, Editing by William Maclean and