Khan yesterday joined the clamour by urging the government to review the relaxation of rules over Christmas amid fears of a surge in coronavirus cases in January and increased pressure on the NHS.
The mayor also stressed that following the eased rules over the festive period is not “mandatory”. “Just because you are allowed to see other households doesn’t mean you have too,” he said. “If you are seeing an older is many people may have the virus, not realise it, they could pass the virus on to an older relation and we are so close now to the end of this.
The government has no plans to reconsider the rules, but health secretary Matt Hancock warned on Monday he could not rule out “further action” after plunging millions of people in the capital and outheast into the toughest Tier 3 restrictions.