The UK Government and the devolved administrations for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have come together to agree a limited relaxation of coronavirus restrictions over Christmas.
These are the key points:
– Travel restrictions will be lifted across the UK for five days between December 23 and 27 to enable people from different households to gather over the holiday.
– Those travelling to and from Northern Ireland will be permitted to travel for an additional day either side.
– Up to three households will be able to come together to form a “Christmas bubble” during that period.
– Members of a bubble can meet at home, in places of worship and in outdoor public places.
– Bubbles must be fixed for the duration of the period and cannot be changed.
– Children under 18 whose parents live apart can be a part of both parents’ bubbles if they chose to form different groupings.
– In England, students who have returned home for the holidays are treated a part of their family household, rather than their student household, for the purposes of forming a Christmas bubble. The rules may vary in other administrations when detailed regulations are published.
– Bubble members will not be required to follow social distancing while they are together – although they are advised to exercise caution if there are vulnerable people involved.
– Members will not be able to get together in pubs or restaurants and restrictions on hospitality will be maintained depending on which tier people are living under.
– People are advised to reduce unnecessary contact with those they do not live with in the two weeks before they join a bubble.