Christmas might not be cancelled after all – but why weren’t other religions spared coronavirus rules?

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A few days ago, an elderly Muslim couple told me how lonely Eid and Ramadan had been for them this year. They missed their children and grandchildren and they said it felt empty and so very lonely. They recognised, however, that it was more important to keep everyone safe and to do their bit to slow the rate of this awful virus. So they had their Eid lunch with their family through FaceTime.

But the prime minister recently seemed to indicate that he might suspend the “Rule of Six” for Christmas Day so the festive season could be “as normal as possible”. In an ITV Anglia interview, Boris Johnson was asked whether he was saying that a family of five couldn’t have both grandparents round for Christmas lunch. He responded by saying: “We’re not saying that at all. We’ll do everything we can … everything we can to make sure that Christmas for everybody is as normal as possible.”

Is the prime minister implying that people who celebrate Christmas are less likely to catch Covid-19, or that Christmas is a more important celebration than that of any other religion?

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