Christmas bubble rules – Will there be a maximum limit on the number of people I can meet?

BRITS will be allowed to bubble up with three other households over the festive period in a huge boost to the nation.

The government has announced that there is no maximum limit on the number of people you can meet – as long as they're within the households in your bubble.

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The details of the plan include:

  • Three households will be allowed to meet up with no limits on numbers
  • They will have to form an exclusive bubble and not meet others
  • There will be a relaxation of restrictions on overnight stays, and people will be allowed to travel freely across Tiers
  • People in their 'Christmas bubble' will be able to go to church or public spaces together – but wont be able to go to the pub or out for meals together

While three households can meet over the five-day Christmas break, the relaxation of the rules does not include hospitality venues including restaurants and bars.

However, people will be able to gather with their bubbles in private homes and also attend places of worship together.

It comes after the government announced that social distancing rules will also be scrapped in festive bubbles.

Speaking following the meeting, cabinet secretary Michael Gove said this evening: “The UK-wide agreement reached today will offer hope for families and friends who have made many sacrifices over this difficult year.

“We know that the Christmas period this year will not be normal, but
following constructive discussions between the UK Government and the
Devolved Administrations, families and friends will now have the option to meet up in a limited and cautious way across the UK should they wish."

As first revealed by The Sun last week, leaders hammered out a plan to allow people to meet up for several days from December 23 to 27.

 

Although cases have been steadily falling this week, 11,299 more positive cases were reported today, along with more than 600 deaths.

Britain will go into a tier system next Wednesday after the national lockdown in England ends.

More places are expected to be put into the top level – Tier 3 – which will see pubs, restaurants and indoor entertainment shut.

People will be banned from household mixing until the Christmas lockdown holiday.

In Tier 2 they will also be unable to see other households inside, and can't drink at the pub without having a substantial meal either.

Gyms, beauty salons and shops are set to reopen.

Unveiling his Covid winter plan yesterday, Boris Johnson told the nation that "more regions will fall into higher tiers than before" – meaning that the majority of Brits are expected to be banned from socialising indoors until the Spring.

He told the Commons: “We expect that more regions will fall at least temporarily into higher regions than before. 

“By using these tougher tiers and rapid turnaround tests, it should be possible for areas to move down the tiering scale.”

Areas living under Tier 2 will have to follow rules that were previously in place in the highest Covid level – meaning pubs will only be able to serve booze alongside a “substantial meal”.

And punters will only be able to dine indoors with people they live with.

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