Christmas Guidance And Rules

Christmas is a very important time of the year for many people, that is why the rules around social contact are changing for a very limited time.

Between 23 and 27 December:

  • you can form an exclusive ‘Christmas bubble’ composed of people from no more than three households (this includes your own)
  • you can only be in one Christmas bubble
  • you cannot change your Christmas bubble, for example seeing two households one day and two others the next
  • you can travel between areas that are in different tiers and UK nations for the purposes of meeting 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
  • you cannot meet someone in a private dwelling who is not part of your household or Christmas bubble
  • you should keep your Christmas bubble as small as possible 
  • you must not form a Christmas bubble if you are self isolating 
  • if you are part of a existing support bubble, this will count as one household
  • you should travel to meet those in your Christmas bubble and return home between the 23 and 27 December

Please keep in mind that while restrictions are being eased during the Christmas festivities, you are still urged to keep your contact with others to a minimum to help keep the virus at bay.  Remember, the more people you see, the more risk there is of spreading the virus. Not everyone has symptoms, and you do not need symptoms to be able to pass the virus on to others. 

You and the people you want to form a Christmas bubble with need to consider the risks carefully before agreeing to form a bubble. 

While your are allowed to see people in your bubble during this time, you are urged to consider other ways to celebrate Christmas together, such as using of video calls. We know its not the same, but it is safer for you and others. 

More detailed information about the restrictions can be found here, including how to form a bubble with children if the parents are separated and advice on meeting your Christmas bubble. 


Visit our Coronavirus Hub here for more information.