Over 30,000 Brits have signed a petition to make Monday June 21 a one-off bank holiday – and the campaign is rapidly growing.
Boris Johnson recently announced the government’s roadmap to cautiously ease lockdown restrictions in England, and set the 21st June as a date where we will see all legal limits on social contact come to an end.
Boris warned that “nothing can be guaranteed” but that hasn’t stopped over 30,000 people from signing a petition to make the day a bank holiday.
The statement on the petition reads: “We’d like the government to create a one off Bank Holiday, to be known as Merriweather Day, on Monday, June 21st 2021 as an opportunity for families and friends to come together.”
It goes on to add: “Covid-19 has negatively impacted people and families up and down the length of the country in many different ways not least their ability to come together.
“We’ve seen family celebrations at Eid, amongst others, cancelled and it looks likely Christmas will be the same.
“This proposed bank holiday would help families and friends of all faiths and none to come together to celebrate.
“We’ve chosen the longest day of the year as it provides for the most opportunities to be outdoors in a Covid-19 safe way.”
If the petition gains over 100,000 signatures, the issue will then be debated in parliament.