Prime Minister Boris Johnson has now announced Covid Plan B will be launched in England, with restrictions introduced such as wearing masks where possible brought in once again. Although Christmas plans have not been disrupted in the Government’s latest Covid update, the spread of the Omicron variant may mean the Royal Family revises its festive plans this year.
During a Downing Street press briefing on December 8, Mr Johnson outlined that new restrictions for England would include:
- Work from home guidance from Monday
- Mandatory masks in public places like cinemas and theatres from Friday
Mr Johnson added that the NHS Covid pass will be mandatory in nightclubs and other venues where large crowds gather from “a week’s time”.
Here are some of the Royal Family events that could be changed or cancelled completely in light of new restrictions, and the spread of the new Omicron variant in the UK.
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Queen’s Christmas lunch
Every December, the Queen holds a special annual luncheon for her family to mark the festive season.
The Christmas lunch could be cancelled given the new Plan B measures, or fewer guests could attend.
But if Covid restrictions are tightened further, such as reducing the size of indoor gatherings over Christmas, royal fans are unlikely to see many new photos of the Royal Family driving to the festive event.