Revealed: Full Details Of The UK’s Christmas Covid Rules
Leaders of four nations agree joint restrictions for the festive season as the coronavirus pandemic continues.
Families across the UK can unite to form “Christmas bubbles” this December, despite the Covid pandemic, after leaders agreed a joint plan.
Three households can be together for five days between December 23 and 27, Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove said, in a move he says “will offer hope for families and friends who have made many sacrifices over this difficult year”.
Here is everything you need to know.
Who can meet and when?
Three households can come together between December 23 and December 27 to form a Christmas bubble.
People can travel between the four nations or between tiers.
All those within the bubble must obey the tier 1, 2, or 3 rules within the area they are visiting.
Once a bubble has been formed it cannot change.
Where can you go together?
The Christmas bubble can meet in private homes, outdoors or in places of worship. They cannot meet in hospitality settings, such as a pub, restaurant or hotel.
Do I need to self-isolate?
People will not have to self-isolate before meeting other households, even if someone within their bubble is among the “extremely clinically vulnerable” group deemed most at risk from serious illness.
The government is, however, expected to issue guidance that urges people coming into contact with someone vulnerable to think carefully about their actions in the run-up to the five-day period.
What about New Year?
There is no similar bubble plan for the New Year. This is to allow families to celebrate Christmas only.
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