UK Christmas Covid rules: the key points
The UK Government and the devolved administrations for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have come together to agree a limited relaxation of coronavirus restrictions over Christmas.
These are the key points:
– Travel restrictions will be lifted across the UK for five days between December 23 and 27 to enable people from different households to gather over the holiday.
– Those travelling to and from Northern Ireland will be permitted to travel for an additional day either side.
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– Up to three households will be able to come together to form a “Christmas bubble” during that period.
– Members of a bubble can meet at home, in places of worship and in outdoor public places.
– Bubble members will not be required to follow social-distancing while they are together – although they are advised to exercise caution if there are vulnerable people involved.
– Members will not be able to get together in pubs or restaurants and restrictions on hospitality will be maintained depending on which tier people are living under.
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