A broad set of UK-wide measures to help people come together with their loved ones during the festive period, in a way that is as safe as possible, have been agreed by the governments of the UK’s four nations.

This guidance applies from 23 to 27 December. You should follow the guidance as set out in the coronavirus regulations: frequently asked questions before and after this time. House parties are not permitted and you must stay out of each other’s houses unless you have formed an extended household.

Between 23 and 27 December:

  • you can form an exclusive ‘Christmas bubble’ composed of no more than three households
  • you can only be in one Christmas bubble
  • you cannot change your Christmas bubble
  • you can travel anywhere within the UK for the purposes of meeting your Christmas bubble

Forming a Christmas bubble:

Christmas bubbles are different to normal extended households and have their own specific rules. Between 23 and 27 December, your current extended household is suspended and you are free to make different arrangements for who is in your Christmas bubble.

The rules on forming and using a Christmas bubble will be the law. You must follow them to minimise the spread of infection.

Everyone is allowed to form a Christmas bubble. There are three main rules:

  • you can only be in one Christmas bubble
  •  you cannot change your Christmas bubble
  •  your Christmas bubble should not include people from more than three households

It is recommended that you keep your Christmas bubble as small as possible. You must not form a Christmas bubble if you are self-isolating.

What you need to know:

If you are planning to spend Christmas elsewhere in the UK, although the rules are very similar, you should read the Christmas guidance from England, Scotland or Northern Ireland.

Please ensure you follow these guidelines carefully and we wish you all a safe and happy Christmas.

Friday November 27th, 2020

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