Christmas loophole could see families spend more than 5 days together

A Christmas bubble mesh allows families to spend an extra day together during the festive season.

The government plans to temporarily relax lockdown rules for five days so that more than one household can celebrate.

These new rules will apply from December 23 to 27, regardless of what level an area is in.

However, this five-day period could be extended to allow at least an extra day if a family member’s train is delayed or the car breaks down.

Only one person from the group should be delayed for the relaxation to apply to the whole bubble, reports Manchester Evening News.

According to government guidelines, released today (Dec. 1), a temporary extension can take place “immediately after the Christmas season”.

The regulation states: “This paragraph applies when one or more persons have been unable to return to their home at the meeting due to an unforeseen stopover.

“When a member of a household is or has been in a linked Christmas household in relation to members of two other households, the person cannot be related to the members of another household under this Regulation.”

Meanwhile, there is an exception to the three-household rule for children whose parents live separately and for college students who return home until the new semester in February.

But if people ignore the lockdown rules and take advantage of the Christmas holidays, they could be fined.

Fines in England for breaking the lockdown start at £ 200 for the first offense. This can be reduced to £ 100 if paid within the first 14 days.

It’s £ 400 for the second offense, doubling for each offense up to a whopping £ 6,400.

While businesses can be forced to pay up to £ 10,000 to organize illegal gatherings.

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