People in Lichfield and Burntwood are being urged to avoid taking unnecessary risks when meeting others on Christmas Day.

The plea comes after the Government reduced the number of days households could mix over the festive period.

The new guidelines mean up to three households can now only meet on Christmas Day.

Cllr Johnny McMahon, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for health, care and wellbeing, said people needed to ensure they were keeping risk to a minimum.

“The safest approach for all Staffordshire residents is to not form a Christmas bubble and to limit social contact with people you do not live with.

“This is particularly true if you are over 70 or in a high-risk health category.

“We understand many will want to spend time with loved ones on Christmas Day but increasing the number of people you see will only increase your risk of infection.”

Cllr Johnny McMahon, Staffordshire County Council

Cllr McMahon said those who do form a bubble at Christmas should follow guidance such as opening windows to improve ventilation and wear face coverings where social distancing is difficult.

He added that visits should be kept as short as possible and that residents should consider video calls or meetings in outdoor public places instead.

“We completely understand that many will be desperate to spend time with family and friends after a tough year, but the risk of catching coronavirus remains high and the recently discovered new variant brings increased threat.

“Please think long and hard about your plans for Christmas Day and strongly consider the risks to yourself and others.

“If you are forming a Christmas bubble, please act responsibly and reduce the risk of transmission as much as possible.”

Cllr Johnny McMahon, Staffordshire County Council

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  1. To be fair, the vast majority of us are doing what we can to stay safe/ especially to keep our elderly & vulnerable friends & family safe, despite the obvious failings from govt which increase the risks to us all.
    Thanks though, appreciate the sentiment, marvellous.

  2. Sadly, the idiots have been out again. Scenes of shoppers crammed into the Bull Ring in Birmingham on Boxing Day, and cars and people lined up on the Brecon Beacons, demonstrates once again that some people just won’t learn, or perhaps they just don’t care. Such actions are like a slap in the face to the majority of people being sensible and making sacrifices to protect others. With this sort of irresponsible behaviour, this pandemic will just go on, as will the restrictions, but these people just don’t seem to see it.

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