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Covid-19: Plan Christmas travel 'carefully', says Grant Shapps Covid-19: Plan Christmas travel 'carefully', says Grant Shapps
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Grant Shapps: People will have to "think about the routes they are taking"Grant Shapps: People will have to "think about the routes they are taking"
Christmas travellers should plan journeys carefully and prepare for restrictions on passenger numbers, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps says.Christmas travellers should plan journeys carefully and prepare for restrictions on passenger numbers, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps says.
He said there will be more freedom to visit loved ones next month as all four UK nations move "very close" to agreeing rules on festive gatherings.He said there will be more freedom to visit loved ones next month as all four UK nations move "very close" to agreeing rules on festive gatherings.
An announcement could be made on Thursday, or perhaps sooner, he said. A meeting between the nations will be held to discuss the rules later.
It comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed tougher tier curbs once England's lockdown ends.It comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed tougher tier curbs once England's lockdown ends.
Gyms and non-essential shops in all parts of England will be allowed to reopen from 2 December under a strengthened three-tiered system.Gyms and non-essential shops in all parts of England will be allowed to reopen from 2 December under a strengthened three-tiered system.
Regions will not find out which tier they are in until Thursday - and the decision will be based on a number of factors including case numbers, the reproduction rate - or R number - and pressure on local NHS services.Regions will not find out which tier they are in until Thursday - and the decision will be based on a number of factors including case numbers, the reproduction rate - or R number - and pressure on local NHS services.
Where will mass testing be available?Where will mass testing be available?
What will England's new lockdown rules be?What will England's new lockdown rules be?
Travellers can cut quarantine if they pay for testTravellers can cut quarantine if they pay for test
Speaking about domestic travel during the festive period, Mr Shapps said the government would "have to ask people to take a close look at any proposed journeys and routes they are taking" amid pressure on services.Speaking about domestic travel during the festive period, Mr Shapps said the government would "have to ask people to take a close look at any proposed journeys and routes they are taking" amid pressure on services.
He urged those travelling on public transport to pre-book tickets as the capacity of services remains reduced to allow for social distancing and as a result of staff self-isolating.He urged those travelling on public transport to pre-book tickets as the capacity of services remains reduced to allow for social distancing and as a result of staff self-isolating.
And he warned "very, very long-planned engineering works" may be scheduled on busy routes over Christmas.And he warned "very, very long-planned engineering works" may be scheduled on busy routes over Christmas.
He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "I would appeal to people to think very carefully about their travel plans and consider where they are going to travel and look at the various alternatives available."He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "I would appeal to people to think very carefully about their travel plans and consider where they are going to travel and look at the various alternatives available."
Coronavirus restrictions and work from home guidance have led to a sharp reduction in train passenger numbersCoronavirus restrictions and work from home guidance have led to a sharp reduction in train passenger numbers
Mr Shapps added that people who live in areas placed in the highest tier of restrictions in England should avoid leaving their region entirely.Mr Shapps added that people who live in areas placed in the highest tier of restrictions in England should avoid leaving their region entirely.
"We are dissuading people travelling around generally from the very high tier areas," he said."We are dissuading people travelling around generally from the very high tier areas," he said.
One option discussed by the four UK nations would allow three households to meet up for up to five days next month, BBC deputy political editor Vicki Young previously reported.One option discussed by the four UK nations would allow three households to meet up for up to five days next month, BBC deputy political editor Vicki Young previously reported.
Mr Shapps said confirmation of the exact rules would come by Thursday - when people find out which tier their local area will be in - or potentially before then.Mr Shapps said confirmation of the exact rules would come by Thursday - when people find out which tier their local area will be in - or potentially before then.
A meeting of the UK government's emergency committee, COBR, will be held on Tuesday afternoon between the four nations to discuss arrangements for Christmas.
'No Christmas truce''No Christmas truce'
Speaking during a Downing Street news conference on Monday to outline a "Covid-19 winter plan", Mr Johnson admitted Christmas this year would be very different to normal.Speaking during a Downing Street news conference on Monday to outline a "Covid-19 winter plan", Mr Johnson admitted Christmas this year would be very different to normal.
"I can't say that Christmas will be normal this year, but in a period of adversity time spent with loved ones is even more precious for people of all faiths and none," he said."I can't say that Christmas will be normal this year, but in a period of adversity time spent with loved ones is even more precious for people of all faiths and none," he said.
"We all want some kind of Christmas; we need it; we certainly feel we deserve it."We all want some kind of Christmas; we need it; we certainly feel we deserve it.
"But this virus obviously is not going to grant a Christmas truce… and families will need to make a careful judgement about the risks of visiting elderly relatives.""But this virus obviously is not going to grant a Christmas truce… and families will need to make a careful judgement about the risks of visiting elderly relatives."
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Meanwhile, Mr Shapps announced people arriving in England from many countries will be soon able to reduce their quarantine period by more than half if they pay for a coronavirus test after five days.Meanwhile, Mr Shapps announced people arriving in England from many countries will be soon able to reduce their quarantine period by more than half if they pay for a coronavirus test after five days.
The rules will come into force from 15 December and the tests from private firms will cost between £65 and £120.The rules will come into force from 15 December and the tests from private firms will cost between £65 and £120.
A further 15,450 confirmed coronavirus cases were reported in the UK on Monday, with another 206 deaths within 28 days of a positive test recorded.A further 15,450 confirmed coronavirus cases were reported in the UK on Monday, with another 206 deaths within 28 days of a positive test recorded.
Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics showed the total number of deaths occurring in the UK is nearly a fifth above normal levels.Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics showed the total number of deaths occurring in the UK is nearly a fifth above normal levels.
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