Covid: Call for UK-wide rules after Christmas

Modesto Morganelli
Novembre 25, 2020

Social distancing will be relaxed within the bubbles - although the Prime Minister has urged caution - particularly when meeting the elderly or the vulnerable.

"I think it's important, and I raised this in all conversations, that we need to look across the two islands for a common approach to the Christmas message", she said.

It won't be a normal Christmas, but ministers from across the United Kingdom have agreed on a plan to give families some respite over five days for the festive season.

BMA UK council chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul said: "There is a careful balance to be struck when weighing up the risks associated with Covid-19 and the understandable wish to see loved ones this Christmas". "It is up to each of us to think carefully about how we use this time-limited special dispensation".

The bubbles will have to be exclusive over the five-day period, meaning people can not shift from one group to another - although children whose parents are separated will be allowed to move between them.

Christmas bubbles will have to be exclusive over the five day period, meaning people can not move from one bubble to another over the period, it is understood.

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Christmas Covid rules to allow three-household bubbles

They said a typical Christmas gathering at home was the type of environment where infections could spread.

For example, if a family has more than two children living away from home then at least one child will not be able to join in the reunion - of hosted at the parents' house. However, university students returning from halls at the end of term would automatically form part of their family household.

Those travelling to and from Northern Ireland will be permitted to travel for an additional day either side.

You should travel to meet those in your Christmas bubble and return home between the 23 and 27 December.

People have been advised to take precautions when meeting their Christmas bubble, such as washing hands frequently and opening windows to clear potential virus particles. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

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