BORIS Johnson has today banned gatherings of more than six people in a fresh coronavirus crackdown that could see Christmas cancelled.
The PM has ordered a multi-pronged attack on the virus after several days of rising cases spooked ministers that corona could fast become out of control again.
In his first press conference since July, the PM is announcing moves to ramp up enforcement of the tough rules to make sure everyone is following them - or they risk being slapped with fines.
People in England will be unable to gather in groups of more than six - including children.
Weddings, funerals, workplaces and some other gatherings will be exempt from the rules.
"I am sorry about that," he said today.
"I wish that we did not have to take this step. But as your PM, I must do what is necessary to stop the spread of the virus and save lives."
He said he will only keep it in place "as long as necessary".
It means that grandparents and grandchildren may not be able to spend Christmas together if the rules stay in place until then.
Boris Johnson bans gatherings of more than 6 in fresh coronavirus crackdown… but for how long?
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