Yesterday, agreement was reached on a single set of UK-wide coronavirus measures to allow family and friends to see each other over Christmas.
This cannot be a ‘normal’ Christmas. But as we approach the festive period, we have been working closely together to find a way for family and friends to see each other, even if it is for a short time, and recognising that it must be both limited and cautious.
The UK Government and Devolved Administrations have agreed that:
- Travel restrictions across the four administrations and between tiers will be lifted to provide a window for households to come together between the 23rd and 27th of December.
- Up to three households can form an exclusive ‘bubble’ to meet at home during this period. When a bubble is formed it is fixed, and must not be changed or extended further at any point.
- Each Christmas bubble can meet at home, at a place of worship or an outdoor public place, but existing, more restrictive rules on hospitality and meeting in other venues will be maintained throughout this period.
Many have already begun making their plans, and this agreement provides clarity to help people make the right choices for them, and enjoy time with those closest to them while staying within the rules to protect us all. Even where it is within the rules, meeting with friends and family over Christmas will be a personal judgement for individuals to take, mindful of the risks to themselves and others, particularly those who are vulnerable.
It is important that everyone respects and abides by the rules of each nation wherever they choose to spend the festive period. Where there are any variations in our approach, these will be communicated by each administration accordingly.
Further guidance will be provided in due course. For any more information on ‘Making a Christmas bubble with friends and family’, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/making-a-christmas-bubble-with-friends-and-family.