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Boris Johnson could lift rule of six for Christmas

LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hinted Friday that he could suspend the coronavirus restriction that prevents people gathering in groups of more than six on Christmas Day.

The so-call “rule of six” came into force as part of measures designed to reduce the spread of the coronavirus in all four nations of the U.K. last month, and applies across indoor and outdoor settings.

In England, police officers can disperse any gatherings of six or more people, with fines ranging from £100 to £10,000 in the case of groups of more than 30 people, such as unlicensed music events.

There are exemptions to the rule, including for work and education, but Johnson is under pressure to clarify whether families will be exempt during the Christmas holidays.

NEW PM hints he will suspend rule of 6 at least for Xmas day, saying he wouldn't tell a family of 5 they couldn't have both grandparents round for Xmas lunch @itvanglia pic.twitter.com/EUFnkerrAd

— Emma Hutchinson (@ITVEmmaH)

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