Coronavirus - Christmas Rules
All four UK Nations met and agreed upon a common set of rules that apply to all four nations over the festive period.
All four UK Nations initially agreed upon a common set of rules for Christmas that would apply to all four nations over the festive period. This has now been changed due to the rise in coronavirus cases across the whole country.
The five-day Christmas bubble period has been reduced to just Christmas Day in Wales, England and Scotland.
In England, those that have been put under Tier 4 rules are not allowed to meet anyone from outside their household at all, including on Christmas Day, therefore, no one should meet with people from Tier 4 areas.
The new rules are as follows:
- You are able to form a Christmas 'bubble' with no more than two households (your household and one other household). You are able to meet indoors with this bubble.
- Once a 'bubble' has been created it cannot be changed or extended.
- Each 'bubble' is permitted to meet at home, a place of worship, or an outdoor public place.
- If you are living on your own, your Christmas bubble can be joined by a single person, a single parent or a single household.
- Travel restrictions will be lifted on Christmas Day. You are still allowed to travel anywhere across the UK on the 25 December, but are unable to stay overnight and must be back at your own home on the same day.
- Children under 18 whose parents do not live together, may be part of both parent's Christmas bubbles if their parents choose to form separate bubbles.
- Holiday accommodation will be unable to open, even for Christmas.
- Other rules regarding hospitality may be maintained throughout this time period.
Last updated: 21/12/20