One more day of Christmas? With pleasure!
In Great Britain, Christmas usually comprises both December 25 and 26. The second holiday is referred to as “Boxing Day”. But, for some years now, many people have been starting on December 24 “to enjoy one more day of season, for example by attending evening church carol services, or exchanging an early Christmas present with loved ones” explains Caroline Davison.
Over the holidays, the previous limitations on personal contact are to be suspended for 5 days (23-27 Dec) so that people in Great Britain can celebrate with a `social bubble’ of three households. A complete lockdown will already end on December 2, despite still high infection rates. Depending on the incidence of infection in specific cities and regions, however, significant restrictions will continue to apply. And after the holidays, Caroline Davison suspects, tighter restrictions to be reinstated to prevent a new increase in COVID-19 cases.
COVID-19 is also a mental health crisis
The fact that there is finally some relief on banning social contacts is particularly important from the point of view of older citizens in order to protect the elderly from loneliness and depression. “Meanwhile,” she notes, “the COVID-19 pandemic is as much an issue of psychological as well as physical well-being. I am sure that the mental health of the entire nation is suffering terribly.”