COVID Christmas Rules

All four nations of the UK have recently announced that current restrictions will be relaxed over the festive period.

  • Travel restrictions across the four nations and between tiers will be lifted to provide a window for households to come together between the 23 and 27 of December.
  • Up to three households can form an exclusive ‘bubble’ to meet at home during this period. When a bubble is formed it is fixed, and must not be changed or extended further at any point.
  • Each Christmas bubble can meet at home, at a place of worship or an outdoor public place, but rules on hospitality and meeting in other venues will be maintained throughout this period.

While we are all looking forward to being able to see friends and family for a short time, we must still be cautious and continue to follow all the existing regulations to keep yourself and others safe. Even where it is within the rules, meeting with friends and family over Christmas will be a personal judgement for individuals to take, mindful of the risks to themselves and others.

You should keep taking steps to reduce the spread of the virus, to help ensure that the festive period is as safe as possible. This includes ensuring indoor spaces get as much fresh air as possible, washing your hands regularly and for 20 seconds and following rules on self-isolation if you develop symptoms or test positive for coronavirus.

If you have questions or need guidance please contact our Patient Information & Support Manager, Brett Dowds.  E-mail