Christmas 2020 | how 2020 Christmas will look like. – this year Christmas is going to be different as it. What’s really going to make this year’s Christmas different? The big question.
Will families meet on Christmas Day?
The governments of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland are trying to work out a common approach so that families across the UK can meet up on Christmas day.
No conclusive decisions are likely to be made until Mid-December, until Health Chiefs in England learn whether coronavirus cases have fallen during the latest lockdown, which runs until 2 December
Prof Neil Ferguson, Whose advice led to the march UK-wide lockdown, has suggested extending support bubbles to up to four households for a week to allow get-together
Just incase it happens
- Travel by car and avoid using public transport
- Only hold small gatherings
Smaller turkeys on the table
Fears that a lack of skilled overseas workers on poultry farms could hit the supply of turkey have been overcome after travel rules were relaxed so they could travel to the UK
Most people are buying smaller turkeys than usual because they are likely to have little or no guests. An Aberdeenshire farmer was warned many birds could waste while farms in Wales cut its turkey numbers by 20% in September. Any turkey shortage may make some people consider a vegetarian or vegan meal instead.
Work parties set for zoom
This year’s work celebration ad end of the year party seems certain to take place online and other social media platforms such as zoom and the rest.
Rules on big groups meetings up in pubs or anywhere outdoors are very unlikely to be eased in December, so seeing Friends for a pre-Christmas drink or meal will probably not be allowed.
- In Northern Ireland, two households can form a bubble but can not meet anyone else indoors
- Two families can form a bubble in Wales but cannot meet anyone else at home, and up to four from different households can meet in pubs and restaurants
- In most of Scotland, people cannot meet indoors, but outdoors depending on the area, up to six people from (two household) or eight (fro, the same area) can meet.
- Until 2 December in England, people can only meet one other person outdoors
Midnight mass chances are unknown
At the moment, it is not known what will happen about the traditional Christmas religious service like midnight mass
In England, places of worship are currently closed for group prayer, apart from at funerals. Up to 50 people can attend indoor services in Scotland in levels zero to three areas, but only up to 20 in level four places
Places of worship have reopened in wales, but with social distancing places and communal singing banned.
They are also open in Northern Ireland with no limit on numbers if safety measures are in place. Weddings, civil ceremonies, and funerals can happen but only 25 people can attend
Online Shopping Surge Expected
While in-person shopping in non-food shops can currently happen in all of the UK except England, online retailers are expecting a big surge in demand this year. in September, shoppers were warned by an industry boss to buy as early as possible
Andy Mulcahy, from the online business industry body, told the BBC at this point, I think we can expect an increase of at least 30% for the peak festival trading season, but if stores have to close this might push up to 50%
In England, Non-essential shops are currently closed apart from the collection of pre-ordered goods, but they are open in all of Scotland except levels four areas, across Wales, and in Northern Ireland.
The last posting dates inside te UK range from18 from 23 December, while we have already passed some international dates
Watch a panto from your car
Theatres in England are currently closed, but plans have been made for some Christmas pantomimes in December once the lockdown is over. While many venues and protection companies have canceled their shows others are going ahead thanks to national lottery backing.
One is at London palladium companies, where the lottery will buy sears that cannot be used because of social distancing. It will also donate 20,000 free tickets to lottery players
Meanwhile a drive-in show – the car park panto – will tour Great Britain with audience members watching from inside their cars.
Theatres in Scotland are coded in level two, three, and four areas, throughout Wales, and to the audience in Northern Ireland, where they can open for rehearsal or a live recording.
A quiet New Year’s Eve
This year’s Eve is most likely to be quiet, with house parties banned, fireworks have been canceled in London and Edinburgh’s Hogmanay street party is off