A Covid-19 Christmas

Its beginning to look a lot like a Covid-19 Christmas, and today in Huddersfield its snowing!  As we come towards the end of the year, it’s fair to say that the year 2020 has been challenging. Christmas is a welcome relief from the rigours of the last year which has been blighted by the Covid-19 pandemic. This year for many has been one filled with difficulties, anxiety and a whole host of issues.

With the Christmas holidays coming the UK government has announced new guidelines on how we can be with our loved ones over the festive period. The Prime Minister of the UK Boris Johnson released a statement earlier last month in which he decided to lift the Corona virus restrictions for a short period over the Christmas break to allow people to enjoy some form of celebration through the festive period.

The key point as part of the rules and regulations state that no more than three household can meet indoors for Christmas. It is advised to keep the gatherings small and short for this year in the hope to fight back against the pandemic early in the new year. With the advent of the vaccine the new year will bring about renewed hope and optimism for many.  

COVID-19 Christmas key points 

In essence the government guidelines are an easing of the current rules and regulations to allow for a Covid-19 Christmas. The focus seems to be on a  brief respite. Advice from government sources is urging revellers to plan ahead and plan early. This mean purchasing your gifts online or in store to avoid any rush or shopping nightmares a few days before. Online shopping is recommended but if not, get your gifts in now whilst you can. At 1stMobility we have a number of gift ideas which could be useful, please check out our homepage.

This year spend Christmas indoors, try not to venture out unless absolutely necessary. Time to dust off the old board games and spend time in front of the TV specials. If you are going to have people over this Christmas, what could you do to keep the virus from spreading? Well it’s simple; if any individual has symptoms, do not let them in! Open your windows to allow fresh air constantly circulating around the home. Keep your distance and also wear a mask indoors to stop the chances of the virus spreading.

Shorter visits are always safer than longer visits. The best thing to do is isolate for 14 days prior to the 23rd December and then meet with loved ones and family.

Covid-19 Christmas & Government Handling

The easing of the restrictions has been very controversial and place a lot of pressure on the UK government. With decisions such as this inevitably there will be differing opinions. Many question the risk and dangers of exposing our elderly relatives to this virus? However, with the governments purchase of the Pfizer virus which is being delivered as we type this reduces the pressure on the government slightly [1].

However many argue that the virus isn’t concerned about Christmas and will still continue to spread regardless. How much risk are we willing to take with our loved ones? Throughout the whole year, Covid-19 has been a problem and people are now optimistic it may only be another couple of months before the virus is behind us and life is back to normality.

That’s it for this week. If you feel we have missed anything or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the team. Finally from everyone at 1stMobility we wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

References

[1] – https://news.sky.com/story/covid-news-live-latest-uk-updates-on-vaccine-rollout-tiers-coronavirus-rules-and-daily-cases-and-deaths-12149698

[2] https://www.telegraph.co.uk/christmas/2020/12/03/christmas-lockdown-new-rules-how-work-covid-2020-coronavirus/

[3] https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/explainers-55065919

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