Soccer fans can heave a sigh of relief as the Boxing Day games go ahead with stadiums all over.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed on Tuesday that he would not impose new COVID restrictions until at least December 27.
And so punters can unwind after Christmas Day with a trip to Footi in the packed stadiums.
Mr Johnson’s announcement means Boxing Day football will be able to proceed with crowds in England, unlike Scotland where they will be limited to 500 fans.
While Christmas and Boxing Day are protected by restrictions, Downing Street insiders refused to rule out stricter rules immediately after the weekend.
Mr Johnson could yet announce plans for the sanctions before Christmas weekend, but has run out of time to vote and introduce them before the start of next week.
He will consider new hospitalization figures tomorrow before deciding what measures may be needed next week.
But the House of Commons needs at least a day to recall 24 hours and legislate on the new rules, Christmas Day planning and crucial Boxing Day football fixtures protected from legally enforced lockdown measures on limiting crowds. Huh.
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Speaking on Tuesday, Mr Johnson said: “What I can say tonight is that naturally we cannot rule out any further measures after Christmas.
“And we are going to have a constant eye on the data, and we will do whatever it takes to protect public health.
“But given the ongoing uncertainty about a number of things – given the severity of the omicron, uncertainty about hospitalization rates or the impact of a vaccine rollout or booster, we don’t think today that any tougher measures should be taken in the first place. There is enough evidence to justify. Christmas.
“We continue to monitor Omicron very closely and will be ready to take action if needed if the situation worsens.”
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