Family Christmas 'saved' as households 'allowed to celebrate together'

Families are allowed to spend five days together this Christmas, following an agreement between the four UK governments.

According to the Cabinet Office, ministers from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are united in their effort to allow “a limited number of additional household bubbles for a small number of days”.

Families must choose their bubble in advance and are allowed to spend time indoors with them.

This also reportedly includes trips to the pub, reports the Mirror.

Further details have yet to be agreed upon after the announcement and more details are expected to be released in the coming weeks.

Michael Gove said there would be “a limited number of additional household bubbles for a small number of days.”

A cabinet statement said: “Ministers reiterated the importance of allowing families and friends to meet in a careful and limited manner, while acknowledging that this will not be a normal festive period and that the risks of transfer are very real. stay.

As such, ministers endorsed the shared goal of facilitating a limited number of additional household bubbles for a small number of days, but also stressed that the public will be advised to remain cautious and that people should avoid traveling and socializing whenever possible. keep contact to a minimum. “

They added: “With regard to Northern Ireland, ministers also recognized that people want to see family and friends all over the island of Ireland, and this is the subject of discussions with the Irish government.”

The Sun reports that up to four households can meet, but it has yet to be confirmed.

The ban on household mixing will likely be lifted for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day until the postponed Boxing Day on December 28.

The government is also in talks about how some pantomimes can continue during the festive season.

The lockdown in England will be lifted on December 2, but will be replaced by a renewed, stricter system based on infection rates.

The three-pronged system of Covid-19 restrictions will need to be strengthened to get the country through the winter months, a senior health official warned.

The system, introduced last month, saw areas classified into various categories labeled medium, high or very high risk, with the average level also referred to as Tier 1, high as Tier 2 and very high as Tier 3.

Health Minister Matt Hancock said the government hopes that the national lockdown on December 2 will be replaced by a tiered system “similar to what we had before”.

But Dr. Susan Hopkins, an epidemiologist, said the Tier 1 coronavirus restrictions had “little effect,” while the impact of Tier 2 varied in different places.

In Northern Ireland shoppers have been urged to stay safe and follow regulations in the days before tighter restrictions come into effect.

Due to a strict power outage, non-essential retail, hospitality and close-contact services will be closed for two weeks.

The harsh repression, which approaches the gravity of the March shutdown, with the exception of schools remaining open, will take effect this Friday.

Retail NI said it expects a wave of customers in the coming days.

“We want to encourage shoppers to stay safe and follow the Executive’s guidelines,” said Glyn Roberts, CEO of Retail NI.