The call has been made by Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey, who said England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland should come together to set out festive plans.
It comes as Labour’s shadow health secretary Jonathan warned of the consequences of missing a circuit-breaker lockdown over the half-term school break, which he fears will mean restrictions for more places next month and into December, which means now need to “do something quickly to save Christmas”.
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Suggesting a four-nation summit, Mr Davey told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme today, Wednesday, October 28: “Well because 2020 has been such a tough year for families across the UK, people losing loved ones, losing their jobs.
"People had been looking forward to Christmas and I think they’re increasingly worried they won’t be able to be with many of their families and friends at Christmas as normal.
“So we want the governments of the four nations to come together, to look ahead, to get ahead of the game and plan measures so that we can maximise the chances of Christmas being as near normal as possible and it means they’ve got to take steps now together and if they do then maybe Christmas won’t be cancelled.”
Speaking on Times Radio this morning, Mr Ashworth said Government sources are planning for a Tier 3 lockdown in most areas of the country “at some point in November”.
When asked if families would be able to meet in groups of more than six on Christmas Day, he said: “That’s in the hands of all of us, and in the hands of the decisions it (the Government) makes in the next week or so about what they’re going to do to get on top of this virus.
“I think because they’ve missed this window of opportunity over the half term, I’m worried now that what we’ll see is deeper, more drastic lockdown action over November and December, which sadly probably does put Christmas at risk.
“The Government have got to do something quickly to save Christmas for everybody, because we want people to have a family Christmas, and I think it would be awful if people didn’t have that.”