The chairman of the ruling Conservative Party said the Britons “must keep calm” on their Christmas plans, despite the detection of new cases of the Omicron COVID-19 mutant in the country.
Oliver Dowden spoke to Sky News on Friday morning, stating that the Conservatives have no intention of canceling their Christmas drinks.
“I think the message to people is pretty simple. Keep calm and keep planning for Christmas,” he said.
“I understand that people are concerned about new variants. That’s why the government is taking steps like those already outlined,” he said. “I think that’s enough at this stage.” And beyond that, people need to continue their plans as intended. “
Following the detection of the Omicron variant last week, the UK Government has already reintroduced some COVID-19 restrictions. Under this restriction, face covers must be worn in stores and public transport, and all travelers returning to the UK must undergo a PCR test and self-test-isolate until negative results are obtained. All contacts in suspected cases of Omicron should be self-quarantined, regardless of age or vaccination status.
Mr. Dauden said he would encourage people to continue their Christmas plans, provided they were vaccinated with booster vaccines and adhered to existing rules.
He said the Conservatives were planning a Christmas party and didn’t intend to cancel the event.
“We haven’t changed our plans either. Of course, if things change and we need to update the rules, we’ll stick to the current rules,” he told the BBC Breakfast.
Dauden’s comment came after some contradictory messages from the Minister regarding the pre-Christmas rally.
In a media interview Thursday, Business Minister George Freeman suggested that the Christmas party should be canceled or reduced to prevent the spread of new variants of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus.
Labor and Pension Minister Therese Coffey also advised people to avoid “sniffing under the mistletoe” during the festival season.
A spokesman for Downing Street said the government did not want people to cancel such an event and “government advice does not limit the number,” and the proposal was immediately slapped.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson talked with broadcasters later Thursday, urging the public to “continue as is” within the new limits.
“I think we’re taking a balanced and proportional approach to risk, but I hope, and I believe this Christmas will be much better than last year’s Christmas,” he says. I did.
PA contributed to this report.