A source has confirmed to the BBC that three households will be able to mix this Christmas, with set restrictions lasting for five days.
The new loosened restrictions will allow families to create temporary ‘bubbles’ for a small number of days, with UK leaders agreeing that three households would be able to mix between 23rd December and 27th – allowing people to reunite with each other after lengthy, strict COVID-19 rules which have plagued the North for a number of months. The new restrictions will allow the selected households to mix in homes, places of worship and outdoor public spaces.
Boris Johnson outlined his plan for December in an address to the nation earlier this week, confirming that the tiering system would return, with stricter rules in place to keep the virus under control this winter.
Ministers have “reiterated the importance of allowing families and friends to meet in a careful and limited way, while recognising that this will not be a normal festive period and the risks of transmission remain very real”.
A statement from the Cabinet Office said: “Welcoming the good progress made by all administrations over the past few days to design a single set of arrangements that can apply across the UK, ministers reiterated the importance of allowing families and friends to meet in a careful and limited way, while recognising that this will not be a normal festive period and the risks of transmission remain very real.
“As such, ministers endorsed a shared objective of facilitating some limited additional household bubbling for a small number of days, but also emphasised that the public will be advised to remain cautious, and that wherever possible people should avoid travelling and minimise social contact.”