Leaders in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland all agreed on Tuesday evening to ease restrictions across the United Kingdom over the Christmas period.
Up to three households will be able to form a temporarily extended bubble, allowing them to meet in a private residence, outdoors, or in a place of worship from
23 to 27 December.
An extended bubble will not be allowed to meet in pubs, bars or restaurants, nor go shopping as a group.
Once a bubble is formed, it is fixed, and must not be changed; but children under the age of 18 whose parents do not live together may be part of both parents’ extended bubble.
Individuals will also be able to travel between tier and across the whole of the UK, regardless of local restrictions, within the five-day period for the purpose of meeting with their extended bubble.
Those travelling to and from Northern Ireland will be given an additional day to travel either side to allow for flights.
A joint statement from the government and devolved administrations said: “This cannot be a ‘normal’ Christmas.
“But as we approach the festive period, we have been working closely together to find a way for family and friends to see each other, even if it is for a short time, and recognising that it must be both limited and cautious.”
As the Prime Minister remarked on Monday evening, ’tis the season to be jolly careful.
Update: The law was updated on 20 December to allow Christmas bubbles to meet for 24 hours only on Christmas Day.