BORIS Johnson could have to impose harsher Covid restrictions this Christmas if Omicron spreads rapidly, a minister warned today.
Gloomy business minister George Freeman said he hopes people will "be able to enjoy more freedom" this year despite the new variant.
And he also insisted ordinary Brits can help by being "sensible" and wearing masks when on public transport and in shops.
Mr Freeman revealed the Department of Business "won't be having a big Christmas party" adding: "Nobody would expect us to."
Instead he and his team have decided they'll do their festive drinks on Zoom instead "given the new variant" threat.
He said: "All of us are hoping that this Christmas we'll be able to enjoy more freedom than we did last Christmas, but we're in this pandemic.
"Hopefully this new variant isn't going to sweep through the country and we won't have to put in place those restrictions [like] last year.
"Everyone should be able to plan for Christmas but we're going to have to be sensible. This new variant is worrying. We all have to be worried.
"The more we can prevent the transmission of the virus the more we'll be able to enjoy the freedoms we all cherish."
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