Health and Wellbeing

Christmas bubbles – what’s allowed

indoor christmas tree, decorated, with fire place and stockings in the background Photo by Chad Madden on Unsplash

Posted on: 9 December 2020

The government has said that the local tier restrictions will be relaxed between Wednesday 23 and Sunday 27 December, to enable family and friends to form ‘Christmas bubbles’ of up to three households. 

This means:

• you can form an exclusive Christmas bubble of people from no more than three households
• you can only be in one Christmas bubble
• you cannot change your Christmas bubble
• you can travel between tiers and UK nations for the purposes of meeting your Christmas bubble
• you can only meet your Christmas bubble in private homes or in your garden, places of worship, or public outdoor spaces
• you can continue to meet people who are not in your Christmas bubble outside your home according to the rules in the tier you are meeting in
• if you form a Christmas bubble, you should 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

People can travel to meet those in their bubble from Wednesday 23 December, but they must be home again by Sunday 27 December. Anyone travelling to or from Northern Ireland may travel between Tuesday 22 and Monday 28 December. 

Also, just because you are allowed to mix a bit more during these few days, it does not mean that you have to if you don’t want to.

Remember, until the Christmas bubble period starts on Wednesday 23 December, and again from Sunday 27 December when it ends, make sure you continue to follow the local tier restriction guidance. Devon is currently in Tier 2, High Alert. This will be reviewed on Wednesday 16 December, and it may or may not change.

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