Despite the government’s scientists and the NHS warnings and demands for restrictions this Christmas the Prime Minister has simply urged people to exercise caution this festive season.
Boris Johnson has said the data is under constant review and the Queen has made her own decision by cancelling Christmas at Sandringham for the second year in a row.
Johnson has said before he imposes any additional measures in England, the government needs full clarity of the hospitilisation’s associated with Omicron and how effective the vaccines are.
The Financial Times said a senior Government insider told the paper: “We are not planning to introduce new restrictions this side of Christmas.”
Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey said Johnson has only offered “chaos” at a time when England needs clarity for Christmas so families can make firm plans.
“Families want to know urgently what Covid measures to expect, so they can plan for the days ahead.
“Ducking the difficult decisions is not a plan,” he said.
The Prime Minister said, “There are still some things that we need to be clearer about before we decide to go further.”
Johnson added, “Unfortunately I must say to people that we will have to reserve the possibility of taking further action to protect the public, to protect public health, to protect our NHS.
“We are looking at all kinds of things to keep Omicron under control and we will rule nothing out.
“But at the moment, what I think we want people to focus on is exercising caution – so ventilation, masks in the appropriate places, all the usual stuff about washing hands, but remember how contagious Omicron really is.”