SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon on Tuesday agreed with the UK Government up to three households will be able to come together to celebrate Christmas between December 23-24. The decision comes after weeks of speculation on whether the Governments of the UK nations would agree to a grace period after months of sacrifice. Sky News host Kay Burley however challenged the decision as she questioned how the SNP could agree to such a rule despite warnings of increased coronavirus-related deaths in the new year.
Ms Burley said: “The scientists are saying we’re heading for a higher death rate in January as a result of families getting together at Christmas time.
“I suppose a lot of people in Scotland, where you have been very, very tight on restrictions throughout the whole period will think, what’s the point of all of that if you’re allowing this to happen now?”
Ms Thewliss insisted people should remain careful about who they meet and how far they travel, but insisted some people will need to be with their relatives after months of forced distance.
The SNP MP said: “I absolutely appreciate that.
“I think there will be many people who will say, ‘you know what? I’m not going to meet my family because I’ve gone through this sacrifice.’
“And people who have seen their family members and struggled with this virus and seen people succumb to this virus will say, ‘let’s not meet together, we don’t have to meet together.’
“But those who desperately need to or desperately want to, I think it’s important they are able to after everything they’ve gone through this year.”
Scientists have maintained that allowing groups of people to come in close contact with each other during the holidays could spark a third wave of the pandemic come January.