Latest Government Guidelines for Christmas 2020

 Forming a Christmas bubble

Christmas bubbles, support bubbles and childcare bubbles are all different things and have their own specific rules.

The rules on Christmas bubbles will be put into law. Once in force, you must follow the rules to minimise the spread of infection.

You can only form a Christmas bubble if you do not live in a Tier 4 area. If you are permitted to form a Christmas bubble and choose to do so:

Keep your Christmas bubble as small as possible. Two other households is a maximum, not a target

Do not join a Christmas bubble with anyone from a Tier 4 area

Stop all unnecessary social contact outside your immediate household as soon as possible and for at least five days before you meet other households in your bubble

Only meet your Christmas bubble in private homes or in your garden, places of worship, or public outdoor spaces

Only see your bubble on Christmas Day. Do not stay overnight and keep your visits as short as possible

Stay local where possible. Avoid travelling from a high prevalence to a low prevalence area

Only meet people who are not in your Christmas bubble outside your home according to the rules in the tier you live in (unless coming from a lower to a higher tier) and do not meet socially with friends and family that you do not live with in your home or garden unless they are part of your Christmas bubble

When seeing your Christmas bubble, you should keep taking steps to reduce the spread of the virus. This includes meeting outdoors where possible, ensuring indoor spaces get as much fresh air as possible, making space between members of different households wherever you can, washing your hands regularly and for 20 seconds, and following rules on self-isolation if you develop symptoms or test positive for coronavirus.

You must not visit another household if you, or anyone in your household, is feeling unwell or self-isolating. You should get a free NHS test if you have symptoms, have been asked to by your local council or your hospital, or are taking part in a government pilot project.


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