Plans for what will and won’t be allowed this Christmas have been announced today.
The UK Government and the Devolved Administrations agreed during a COBRA meeting on joint arrangements for an easing of social restrictions that will allow friends and loved ones to reunite over Christmas.
All four parts of the UK have signed off an aligned approach allowing up to three households to form a "Christmas bubble" from 23rd to 27th December.
Travelling between tiers will also be allowed for the five-day period for the purpose of people meeting within their bubble.
Those travelling to and from Northern Ireland will also be allowed an extra day either side of the five day period to allow for the extra travel time.
Following the meeting Michael Gove said:
“The UK-wide agreement reached today will offer hope for families and friends who have made many sacrifices over this difficult year."
Christmas bubbles will be able to gather in private homes, attend places of worship together and meet in outdoor public places.
Households must remain alert to the risks still posed by the coronavirus and continue to use common sense and take precautions where needed.