Without any doubt, a Covid Christmas will be a very different Christmas!
Boris Johnson announced the rules for Christmas during this pandemic and whilst watching him outline the rules, a few things thoughts to mind.
- People will get it wrong
- People will do what they want
- There will be family upset
The ruling is that three households can meet up between 23rd and 27th December, the three households in a “Christmas bubble” can mix indoors and stay overnight.
Northern Ireland has a window of 22 to 28 December, to allow time to travel between the nations.
People will get it wrong
Already I have spoken to people who don’t fully understand this rule and think that if they have Christmas Day with two other households, that they can then the next day visit another household as part of their bubble.
A household can consist of another household if they are already in a bubble due to caring for an elderly relative or young child.
But once you have met with members of two other households on one day, that is it. You can meet those same two households again over those days allowed again and again but no other households at all!
People will do what they want
Of course we have already seen that there are some people who will ignore these rules!
We have already seen during this pandemic that some people have carried on doing what they do regardless.
There will be family upset
There will be upset as families have to make the very hard decison of who they see and who they don’t.
Take our family for example; We have my Mum and her Husband, we then have my wife’s parents who are divorced and remarried and so that is three households already.
But we have our daughter, her partner and the grandkids but they do count as part of our household even though they live in their own house. This is because my wife looks after the youngest a couple of mornings a week.
We have another daughter who lives with us but is currently living with her boyfriend due to lockdown.
So too many households to include everyone and I also have a sister who I haven’t seen since August.
If a family member is in the ‘High Risk’ category then you have to make a decision of it is worth the risk?
So many families that are spread out over many households will be forced to make the awful decision of who to exclude and this is why there will be some that will just do what they want!
It would be easy to say “Well it is only one Christmas” but as some family members get older, you have to wonder if we will not get the chance to meet with them next Christmas?
We find ourselves in extraordinary times and we will have to make hard decision to try and halt the spread of this virus.
Whatever happens, this Christmas will be very different and it will be challenging for many families but at the end of the day, the safety of our loved ones should be the No1 priority!