It is vital that we each take personal responsibility this Christmas to limit the spread of the virus and protect our loved ones, particularly if they are vulnerable. One in three people with coronavirus (COVID-19) have no symptoms and will be spreading it without realising it. So the safest way to celebrate Christmas this year is with your household or existing support bubble in your home. The more people you see, the more likely it is that you will catch or spread coronavirus.
Areas in Tier 4
In Tier 4, the rules on gatherings for your tier will continue to apply over Christmas. This means you cannot see anyone indoors who is not from your household or support bubble. Outdoors, you can only meet with your household, support bubble, or alone with one other person from another household in a public outdoor space.
Areas not in Tier 4
If you do not live in a Tier 4 area, you may see a maximum of two other households (your ‘Christmas bubble’) on Christmas Day (25 December). You cannot see anyone from a Tier 4 area.
You should think very carefully about the risks and only form a Christmas bubble if you feel you absolutely need to. Wherever possible, discuss alternatives to meeting up in person.