A public health director in the UK is calling for Christmas to be “postponed” for six months to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.
The health director, Mark Adams, said that while he might sound like “Ebenezer Scrooge” it was “eminently sensible” to delay celebration of the Christian holiday.
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Adams did not call for any other religion’s holidays to be postponed or moved, just Christmas specifically.
“I’m really worried that we focus on Christmas and undo all of the work that we’ve done up until now,” he said, according to a report from the BBC.
Craig Blundred, director of public health for Hartlepool, backed Adams’ idea.
“It’s a tricky situation but I think we do need to look at the situation with social distancing and ensure we maintain that over the Christmas period to bring the numbers down,” Blundred said.
Adams proposed “bumping Christmas” to “June or July.”
“I read recently an idea about bumping Christmas to June or July and having Christmas Day then, and I think that sounds like an eminently sensible thing to do,” Adams said. “We certainly can’t have a Christmas like we are used to having, and I appreciate that is difficult for people and distressing for people, but the consequences of forgetting everything that has happened since March and trying to have a normal Christmas as possible are that the NHS does get overrun and we have significant harm and illness, and ultimately deaths for a large number of people.”
While this idea hasn’t been floated yet in the US, many states are cracking down on Thanksgiving and threatening to have people arrested for violating restrictions about how many family and friends they can have in their home.