Chris Rea’s ‘Driving Home For Christmas’ trends following news of new coronavirus restrictions

"I’ve just seen Chris Rea doing a u-turn on the A1"

Chris Rea‘s festive track ‘Driving Home For Christmas’ has started trending online following news that the UK is introducing new coronavirus restrictions for the holiday period.

Earlier today (December 19), Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that his originally planned relaxed coronavirus rules for the Christmas period have now been scrapped. He also unveiled a fourth tier of restrictions.

“We cannot continue with Christmas as planned,” Johnson said, addressing the nation alongside England’s chief medical officer Chris Whitty and the government’s chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance.


The new rules mean that people in Tier 1-3 will not be able to travel into a Tier 4 area, though support bubbles remain unaffected as do the exemptions for separated parents and their children.

In Tier 4, people should not mix with anyone outside their own household, apart from support bubbles. Christmas bubbles for those in Tiers 1-3 will not be able include anyone in the newly introduced Tier 4.

Following the announcement, a number of people have taken to social media to both air their frustrations and make light of the new restrictions using Rea’s festive favourite.

The song, which was first released in 1988, opens with the lyrics: “I’m driving home for Christmas/ Oh, I can’t wait to see those faces/ I’m driving home for Christmas, yeah/ Well, I’m moving down that line.

However, with the new restrictions a lot of people won’t be able to travel to visit their loved ones over the festive period.

“I’ve just seen Chris Rea doing a u-turn on the A1,” Rob Beckett wrote on Twitter. Fellow comedian Dom Jolly tweeted: “Chris Rea turned around by Covid Marshalls at Tier Four roadblock on A40.”


“That’s Chris Rea fucked,” one Twitter user wrote, while another pointed out that “Chris Rea’s Christmas song is now a criminal offence.”

Others tweeted gifs of cars doing u-turns in the snow, coming back on themselves on motorways, and one user even tweeted a photograph of a line of police officers guarding a gate with the caption: “Live pictures from outside Chris Rea’s London residence.”

See more tweets about Rea’s ‘Driving Home For Christmas’ below:

Elsewhere, Wales is to go into full coronavirus lockdown and Christmas rules have been tightened for both Wales and Scotland.