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Sunday, 19 May 2024 – 19:09

UK Christmas Coronavirus restrictions confirmed

Households across the UK will be able to join with two other households during a five-day window over the festive period to form a Christmas ‘bubble’, it has been announced.

Ministers representing the four nations of the UK have agreed on a broad set of measures to help people visit each other over the Christmas period.

From 23-27 December, travel restrictions across the four nations and between tiers will be lifted in order to provide a window for households to come together. During this period, up to three households can form an exclusive Christmas ‘bubble’ to meet at home, a place of worship or an outdoor public place (though not in hospitality venues including pubs, bars and restaurants).

The bubbles, once formed, cannot be changed or extended further.

The measures are designed to allow people to meet with their families in a way that is as safe as possible, given the continuing Coronavirus pandemic.

The plans, which will affect the whole of the UK, were finalised at an emergency COBRA committee meeting on Tuesday afternoon attended by the first ministers of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove said: “We all know that Christmas this year won’t be as it has been in years’ past, but all the governments agreed we should balance the need to protect public health with also allowing people to be with their loved ones.”

First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford said that he was “pleased we were able to agree a common four-nation plan for the festive period”.


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