Boris Johnson announced a dramatic reduction in the government’s plans for the “Christmas Bubble” and issued a new home stay order in London and much of the south and east of England in response to a new one fast spreading coronavirus strain

In London and the South East, people are required to stay home over Christmas and are not allowed to meet with other households. A resident could meet another person for a walk, but not an entire household

In the rest of England, the window for three households meeting to form a “Christmas Bubble” will be extended from a five-day window between April 23rd and 27 December reduced to Christmas Day only

A Christmas bubble can only meet in a private household, place of worship, or in public outdoor areas. You cannot change the bubble You have to pick two more households and don’t meet them until Christmas Day

Travel restrictions across the UK will be lifted on Christmas Day to allow people to travel across nations or between planes to meet those in their Christmas bubble – unless they live in a Tier 4 area

Students are considered part of their parents’ Christmas bubble, and children under 18 whose parents do not live together can be part of either parent’s Christmas bubble and 27 December, people can still use a childcare bubble, but only if it is “reasonably necessary” to do so

Avoiding the crowds at the Boxing Day sale and gathering in large groups to celebrate the New Year is recommended

All of mainland Scotland will be placed in Level 4 restrictions – the highest level – starting Boxing Day and the restrictions will be reviewed after two weeks

In Wales, the lockdown goes into effect on Saturday from midnight, while festive bubbles only apply on Christmas Day

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