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A Covid Christmas – wear masks, avoid the pub and ‘no passing around the gravy boat’

Experts fear festive season will spark return to pre-coronavirus habits, writes Catherine Fegan

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A woman wearing a face mask passes Christmas lights outside shops on Oxford Street, London, as England continues a four week national lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus. PA Photo. Picture date: Thursday November 19, 2020. Photo credit should read: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire

A woman wearing a face mask passes Christmas lights outside shops on Oxford Street, London, as England continues a four week national lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus. PA Photo. Picture date: Thursday November 19, 2020. Photo credit should read: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire

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A woman wearing a face mask passes Christmas lights outside shops on Oxford Street, London, as England continues a four week national lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus. PA Photo. Picture date: Thursday November 19, 2020. Photo credit should read: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire

‘Picture the scene,” says Dr Douglas Hamilton, a public health specialist based in the midlands.

It’s Christmas and you are in a really good pub that you go to every year with your family.

"There is music, there is singing, there are pints being moved from hand to hand, people are sitting close together, shouting and laughing.”


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