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Covid: Christmas Tier-4 heartbreak for Londoners

Reported by lily | December 19th, 2020 @ 11:49 PM

Covid: Christmas Tier-4 heartbreak for Londoners

Millions of people across England have been banned from meeting friends and family indoors over the festive season as they enter a new tier-four level of Covid restrictions, while indoor mixing has been restricted to Christmas Day alone for the rest of the country.

The measures were announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who cited the need to try to stop the spread of coronavirus as a new variant leads to a spike in cases.

The new tier-four restrictions are being imposed in London, Kent and Essex and other parts of the South East. What has been the reaction to the news about Christmas gatherings?

Ceyda Oz, 24, told the BBC she was "heartbroken" by the news.

Ms Oz, who worked in retail until she recently fell ill, said: "I've had a horrible, horrible year.

"This one day was going to be a day to forget about everything, to spend time with my family who I haven't seen in months.

"My grandparents are just as devastated. They had spent hours decorating the house and organising food, all for nothing."

Jack, a 29-year-old marketing manager, had planned to travel from his home in Fulham, south London, to see his family in the Midlands.

He said he was "frustrated" the government had "done such a big U-turn", after saying rules would be relaxed to allow families to meet over Christmas.

Jack said: "We'd made big plans based off of the government's advice all last week.

"We've been isolating for over a week. We even paid for a private Covid test so we could be sure we didn't have coronavirus before seeing my family.

"Now we're pretty screwed. We don't even have a Christmas tree.

"If we're going to have any sort of Christmas at all, we have to go to a supermarket in the middle of a coronavirus hotspot to get our Christmas meals in. "

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