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Victoria Derbyshire vows to break rule of six if no change by Christmas ‘We just are’


Victoria Derbyshire, 52, has defiantly said she will have six guests joining her in her home at Christmas, even if the rule of six is still in place. The presenter said her family will “be sensible” and will test their temperatures on the day.

Victoria said: “If the rule of six is still in place at Christmas, we’re breaking it to have the rule of seven. We just are.

“Joining me, my husband and our two boys will be my mum, her partner and my husband’s dad.

“It’s fine. We’ll do it knowing what the risks are. We’re not stupid.

“We’re going to be sensible and buy a thermometer gun. But we have to be together at Christmas.”

The presenter went on to say it feels “irresponsible” to make the admission, but believes other people will be feeling the same way.

“We need to see my elderly mum and my husband’s elderly dad. We just do,” she added to this week’s Radio Times Magazine.

Victoria lives in London with her two sons, Oliver, 16, and Joe, 13, and her husband Mark Sandell.

The Government enforced a rule of six last month in a bid to crackdown on soaring coronavirus cases across Britain.

This means any gathering of more than six people in England is illegal, unless it meets one of the exemptions.

The rule does not apply to households or bubbles of more than six, or gatherings for work or education.

The Government has since introduced a three-tier approach to coronavirus restrictions, which categorises every area of England as either medium, high and very high risk.

Different rules apply depending on which tier you live in, with some areas currently not allowed to mix with another household indoors.

It is unknown if the new rules will still be in effect by Christmas.

The journalist went on to say she missed seeing her family the most during lockdown and has hardly seen her mum through the period.

Last week, a Downing Street spokesman said Prime Minister Boris Johnson is hopeful the new rules can be eased by Christmas.

They said: “The PM has been clear previously that he is hopeful that in many ways we could be able to get some aspects of our lives back to normal by Christmas.

“As I say, we’ve been clear about the ambition to ensure that people may celebrate Christmas as a family this year.”

Prof Edmunds added at a briefing for journalists: “The only way that we can have a relatively safe and normal Christmas is if we take radical action now to reduce incidence – at the very least in high incidence areas – and keep the incidence low across the country by implementing a package of measures to reduce social contacts.”

To date, 873,800 have tested positive for coronavirus in the UK.

Read the full interview in Radio Times – out now.



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