CHRISTMAS parties are "absolutely" safe to book despite rising Covid cases, Brits were told today.
Cabinet Minister Kwasi Kwarteng said he'd already made arrangements for a festive bash.
Categorically ruling out another lockdown the Business Secretary urged others to defy doomster scientists and do the same.
Coronavirus deaths rose to their highest level since March yesterday, prompting fresh fears of winter restrictions.
Gloomy boffin Prof Danny Altmann said there's no way he's risking putting down a deposit on a Christmas party venue just yet.
But asked about his party plans, bullish Mr Kwarteng told Times Radio: "Absolutely I think I already have. We've got some arrangements in place, and I look forward to having a Christmas party as usual."
Mr Kwarteng, whose wife gave birth to a baby boy last Friday, is looking forward to spending his first Christmas with his newly extended family.
Many are still haunted by Boris Johnson's cast-iron guarantee last year that Christmas would be saved from lockdown, only to impose snap restrictions at the eleventh hour.
Mr Johnson has promised that this Christmas will certainly be better than last year.
Mr Kwarteng today flatly ruled out Britain plunging back into a fully-fledged lockdown, branding the prospect "completely wrong".
Downing Street also said there are currently "no plans" to enact the Government's Plan B to bring back masks, working from home and vaccine passports.
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