Why do I say that?

Because if you want to visit your friends, family and parents over Christmas then you need to be responsible during the Covid-19 pandemic. We all do.

I know a lot of people will be worried about the potential risk of Covid-19 spreading amongst their family over Christmas – especially those who have elderly or clinically vulnerable relatives.

So, my advice for my constituents and others is to isolate for at least 10 days, but preferably two weeks from the 10th December, to then allow yourself to meet up with your family safely over the festive period.

That means you may have to do your Christmas shopping a little earlier this year and get all the shopping that you need to be done by 10th December. Then you stay indoors, in your bubble and self-isolate.

However, if you cannot do that, as there will be some people who are not able to work from home for example, then the responsible thing is to take a test 2 or 3 days before Christmas. Brent has a very good programme and if you call the Council on 020 8937 4440 they will be able to advise you further.

You will need to isolate immediately after taking a test until you get your result. It will set your mind at ease.

This is the responsible way for us all to view Christmas this year. Otherwise, we run the risk of passing on the virus to relatives who may get sick from the virus or suffer from other complications as a result of Covid-19.

It is important to understand the risks, of person-to-person transmission. We should not kiss and hug our friends and relatives like we usually would.

Stay socially distanced within our homes, wash our hands regularly and have hand sanitiser available. We all need to remember that the virus has not taken Christmas off.

So, this might be hard for the lazy ones this Christmas, but when possible, you should also wash your own plates and your own cutlery – and even bring your own if you can.

And I hate the cold, but again, if possible, we all need to ensure that there is adequate ventilation, with windows open where possible.

I know this won’t be the warm and cosy Christmas we are all used to – it is going to be a cold and breezy one, unfortunately. But hopefully, only for this year, it is the sacrifice we all have to make to keep our friends and families safe and well.

Ideally, you will eat your meal outside, but seeing as we are living in a country which is cold in December, I doubt that would be much fun.

I myself will be self-isolating before seeing my mum at Christmas, or if I cannot, I will hopefully be able to take a test before seeing her. I will do this as I know it is the right and responsible, thing to do to protect her.

We all have no choice but to make Christmas different this year. Making Christmas different will keep us safe.

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