Rules relaxed for Christmas, but don’t burst your bubble!

With Christmas lockdown measures agreed and announced across the UK, the Scottish Government is urging caution during the five-day period restrictions are being relaxed.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said “Although we want to give a little bit of flexibility for Christmas, we are still urging people to very cautious.”

In a nutshell, three households will be able to meet from 23 to 27 December, which means that there will be no such relaxation at Hogmanay.

There are a number of things to be aware of.

  • Households will be able to travel between local authorities and between the four nations during December 23 and 27 to form a bubble, and must only make one bubble over the festive period.
  • Your bubble must be the same households throughout the period. If you mix with two households on one day, you can only meet with the same households on another day.
  • Your bubble can meet in a private home, in outdoor public places or in places of worship.
  • The five-day period provides time for travel, and for those who may have to work over Christmas.
  • Households are not required to use all five days and should keep visits to no more than one or two days if possible. But if you can, stay at home with your own household. And, if not, please treat these limits as a maximum to stay within.

For full details, see the Government guidance for the festive period.

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