Families who had been planning to meet up with relatives over the festive season have reacted angrily to the news that Christmas has been cut to one day.
Households in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire will now only be able to meet on Christmas Day – instead of from December 23 to 27 as previously announced – after Boris Johnson tore up his bubble plan.
Mr Johnson has also revealed parts of the South East are going into tougher ‘Tier 4’ restrictions with no Christmas bubbles allowed at all.
Now Stokies have reacted with anger to the change of plan just a week before the big day.
Paul Rushton said: “So will the government be compensating people for all the wasted goods they knew you would buy after lying to people about Christmas?”
Crystal Cleary said: “I think there will be riots as no-one is going to stick to Tier 4 lockdown rules, that’s why we’re in this situation.
“Christmas is cancelled. How do you tell your kids that? You can’t.”
Charlene Cartwright feels for those people who are working on Christmas Day and will now no longer be able to see their loved-ones.
She said: “What about those people who are working right up to and including Christmas Day and Boxing Day is there Christmas Day?
“People have not seen families all year and not everyone has Christmas Day off to see loved ones, it’s a joke.”
Amz Ali added: “People have brought stuff for five days, only for Boris to say it’s only one day now.”
And Anton Cooper said: “What difference does that make? The government are just loving controlling people’s lives and people are getting sick of it.”
However, others welcomed the last-minute change aimed at saving lives after as a a virulent strain of Covid-19 spreads.
John Roberts said: “Well done Boris. You could see in his face that he didn’t want to change the rules but needs must. Would you prefer to see family members at Christmas or all the rest of next year?”
Cheryl Wood added: “He didn’t really have a choice. Yes, many thousands of people will have plans ruined but better to be safe all round.”
And Tracy Banks added: “I feel gutted for those who have made plans to see family but I feel this is a step in the right direction to keep our families and friends safe.”
Mark Ant said: “Good. Glad to see Boris has finally seen sense. Personally, I still think it should be scrapped all together. What’s the point in people following the rules and abiding by the lockdowns like we have for people to be able roam freely where they want? Its’ one Christmas without seeing your family.”
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