It's simply "too early to say" if Brits will be able to celebrate Christmas with their loved ones, a cabinet minister has said.

Strict social distancing measures are likely to be in place across much of the country by late December as coronavirus cases show no signs of slowing down.

Environment Secretary George Eustice warned that this festive season is unlikely to resemble anything we've seen before, but that the Government doesn't yet know exactly what it will look like.

"The Prime Minister has been very clear, as we all are, that we want people to celebrate Christmas in a way that is as close to normal as possible," he told Sky News on Wednesday morning.

"But it is too early to be able to say exactly what the situation will be come Christmas, and exactly what different parts of the country will or will not be able to do.

"Obviously checking the spread of this virus is paramount, but alongside that we want people to live their lives as close to normal as possible, including at Christmas which is an incredibly important time for families."

Christmas items taped off in a shop in Cardiff due to the Wales lockdown rules

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