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United Kingdom942,27545,675
Updated: Oct 28 Data source: CDC, WHO

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What do Covid-19 restrictions mean for upcoming festivities?

Government ministers have warned that festivities including Christmas, Bonfire Night and Diwali will not be “normal” this year – but it is unclear exactly what will be allowed. As the patchwork of local lockdowns evolves in England and Scotland alongside national measures in Northern Ireland and Wales, the PA news agency considers what this means for celebrations.
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