Three-Household Bubbles Allowed and Travel Restrictions Lifted under UK Christmas Rules

THREE-Household Bubbles Allowed and Travel Restrictions Lifted under UK Christmas Rules.

Three-household bubbles will be allowed and travel restrictions will be lifted in the UK under the new Christmas rules. Between 23 to 27 December, people will be able to meet those two other households in their “Christmas bubble”- but only in a private home, a place of worship or outdoor public spaces.

The bubbles will be fixed, so people will not be able to mix with two households on Christmas Day and two different ones on Boxing Day.

There will be no limit to the number of people in a household joining a bubble. However, the rules about what counts as a household will depend on where you are. In England if you have formed a support bubble with another household, that counts as one household, so you can join with two other households in a Christmas bubble.

People who are self-isolating should not join a Christmas bubble. If someone tests positive, or develops coronavirus symptoms up to 48 hours after the Christmas bubble last met, everyone will have to self-isolate.

The relaxation of COVID rules for Christmas was finalised at a meeting of the government’s emergency COBRA committee on Tuesday afternoon, which was attended by the first ministers of the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the UK “can’t afford to throw caution to the wind. The virus doesn’t know it’s Christmas and we must all be careful,” he said in a video message from Downing Street as he continues to self-isolate.

“I know this doesn’t equate to a normal Christmas and it won’t work for everyone. And it’s up to each of us to think carefully about how we use this special time-limited dispensation. The virus has not gone away and families will need to make personal judgements about the risk of forming a bubble with or visiting, elderly relatives or the vulnerable.

“‘Tis the season to be jolly, but ’tis also the season to be jolly careful,” he said.

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