Christmas Coronavirus Bubbles (or should we say Baubles)

Merry Christmas 2020

Christmas is just around the corner and large parts of the country in various tiers of lockdown. You will be forgiven if you are a little confused as to what the rules are. If you’re one of the 34 million people in the UK who are under the highest restrictions, you may be concerned about how this will affect your plans to see friends and family over the festive season.

Luckily for you, the government is easing restrictions for five days over Christmas. So from Wednesday 23rd December to Sunday 27th December, the rules are as follows.

Christmas Coronavirus Baubles

·        If you want to spend Christmas with friends, family or loved ones, then you will need to form a Christmas bubble.

·        A Christmas bubble can be formed of up to three different households.

·        If you are already part of a support bubble, then this will count as one household.

·        There is no limit to the numbers in a Christmas bubble, but we have been advised to keep numbers as small as possible.

·        Children under the age of 18 whose parents do not live together, can be part of both parent’s bubbles, and travel between them.

·        People within a Christmas bubble are allowed to mix at each other’s houses, at a place of worship, in a garden or an outdoor public space between Wednesday 23rd December and Sunday 27th December. Before and after these dates, the tier system remains in place.

·        Christmas bubbles are not allowed to mix in hospitality settings. For example, pubs and restaurants. They cannot mix in entertainment venues either.

·        The bubbles will be fixed over the 5 day period between 23rd and 27th December. You cannot mix with two households on different days.

·        Travel restrictions will be lifted in order to allow people to visit other households in their bubble anywhere in the UK.

·        Anyone who is self-isolating should not join a bubble.

And there you have it. We hope this guide helps you. By working together and disregarding the restrictions over the 5-day period we are all doing our bit. Help us prevent the spread of coronavirus.

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