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A maximum of three households allowed to mix over the Christmas period

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There is still hope for Christmas plans as it has now been announced that up to three households are allowed to meet indoors over a five-day Christmas period.

Restrictions will be relaxed for five days between December 23 and 27, allowing households to mix indoors.

Households can meet in private homes, outdoor pub spaces, and places of worship. However, separate households meeting in hospitality venues and other entertainment places is still not allowed.

All four nations in the UK have agreed to have the same approach for Christmas restrictions. First minister Nicola Sturgeon has stated she will “continue to ask people to err on the side of caution.”

UK travel restrictions will also be lifted to allow people to visit families within the three-household bubble.

Politicians are still urging people to act responsibility over this time period. Sturgeon has also said these relaxations will not apply for Hogmanay and people should not view them as an invitation to do what they want.

Minister for the Cabinet Michael Gove said during today’s briefings: “it is important we don’t let things get too loose over Christmas.” But vaccine progress means there is “light at the end of the tunnel.”

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