Brits told to scrap board games this Christmas to stop Covid spread

Playing board games over Christmas should be scrapped, according to latest Sage guidance.

The government's scientific advisory panel has already warned against kids hugging or kissing grandparents but now they must also avoid or sleeping in the same room as children from other households and playing board games.

Detailed measures intended to prevent the spread of coronavirus have been introduced to make the government's allowance of Christmas bubbles as safe as possible.

Between December 23 and 27, up to three households will be able to mix indoors with travel restrictions lifted so people can stay round loved ones' homes.

Sage however warns that letting rules slip for a week could result in a spike of Covid-19 infections.

In order to reduce the risk of spreading the virus Sage has issued a list of things to do and not do over the Christmas period.

Quizzes and other contact free games should replace any plans to dust off an old board game which everyone would be touching.

Regularly wiping down surfaces that guests will be touching has been previously recommended by scientists but do not let older or vulnerable people help out with the cleaning.

Children should see grandparents outdoors if possible, the guidance says and instead of sharing bedrooms with their visiting cousins, kids ought to sleep in a room with their parents.

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick told Sky News on Friday morning that Brits should open their windows during Christmas dinner which should help limit those at the table catching coronavirus off one another.

He said: "There are lots of different options, from the whole family coming together at home, to perhaps meeting up for lunch with the windows open, or going out for a walk on Christmas Day."

But with weather forecasters predicting a below freezing winter for much of December, Mr Jenrick's advice could make for some chilly turkeys.

Speaking at a Downing Street press conference this week, chief medical officer Chris Witty told Brits not to hug elderly relatives if they wanted them to "survive to be hugged again".

"It's not illegal but the fact that you can do something doesn't mean you should," he said.

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