The festive sprig will not be banned (Image: Getty Images)

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Boris Johnson has no plans to ban mistletoe this Covid Christmas.

Downing Street confirmed it would not try to ban mistletoe this year, despite fears it could encourage people to pucker up over the festive season – potentially fuelling the spread of coronavirus.

The PM’s spokesman said: “We are not looking to stop the sale of mistletoe."

However, social distancing rules would seem to be a block to any attempts for a quick Christmas kiss unless people are already acquainted.

Under current rules, only people in the same bubble will be allowed a festive snog this year.

Mistletoe expert Jonathan Briggs, who runs consultancy Mistletoe Matters, told Sky News sales of the festive sprig would be damaged by the Coronavirus pandemic.

People can only share a smooch within their bubble
(Image: REUTERS)

"The whole premise of kissing people under the mistletoe is that it's for kissing people you wouldn't normally kiss," he said.

"That's the one thing we're not allowed to do at the moment – you can only kiss people within your bubble.

"There's a great question over not only do we have a supply with the auctions being cancelled – will there be a demand for mistletoe?"

He added: "If you cant hang it up and kiss under it, will anyone want to buy it?"

He urged randy revellers to go for a mistletoe elbow bump instead.

He said: "I've been talking to people about mistletoe air kissing… and there's the mistletoe elbow bump!"