November 30, 2020

Covid 19: Christmas ‘bubbles’, Tier 2 from 2nd December and England lockdown from 5th November

‘Christmas bubbles’ with friends and family

The government has published the guidance for UK Christmas arrangements: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/making-a-christmas-bubble-with-friends-and-family/making-a-christmas-bubble-with-friends-and-family.
The main points are:
  • You can travel between tiers and UK nations to and from your Christmas bubble between 23 and 27 December.
  • Once at your destination you should follow rules in that tier.
  • Three households can form a Christmas bubble together.
  • You can only be in one Christmas bubble.
  • You cannot change your Christmas bubble.
  • You can only meet your Christmas bubble in private homes or in your garden, places of worship, or public outdoor spaces.
  • You can continue to meet people who are not in your Christmas bubble outside your home according to the rules in the tier where you are staying.
  • If someone is in your Christmas bubble, you can visit each other’s homes and stay overnight.
Further details:

From 5th November England was placed in a national lockdown expected to end on 2nd December, when regional ‘tiers’ with different regulations are expected to be introduced. Detailed guidance on what this means in practice is available from the Government website.

From Thursday 5 November, we must:

  1. Stay at home, except for specific purposes.
  2. Avoid meeting people you do not live with, except for specific purposes.
  3. Close certain businesses and venues.

The new measures will apply in England for four weeks up to Wednesday 2 December. From Wednesday 2 December our area is in ‘Tier 2’.

The regulations for this area are set out on the relevant pages of the Government website.

The measures aim to reduce the growth rate of the virus, which will:

  • prevent the NHS from being overwhelmed
  • ensure schools, colleges and universities can stay open
  • ensure that as many people as possible can continue to work

These measures will be underpinned by law. Police and other authorities have powers to give fines and break up gatherings that do not comply with the measures.