Harborough District Coronavirus Update

Christmas guidance - what you need to know when making festive plans this year

This Christmas, it’s safest if you spend time only with your own household or support bubble. On 25 December you may choose to form a Christmas bubble if you feel you really need to. This only applies to people who do not live in a Tier 4 area. A Christmas bubble will be able to spend time together in private homes, to attend places of worship, or meet in a public outdoor place on 25 December only.

From 26 December, you must follow the guidance for the tier in your area, as a minimum. Christmas bubbles will no longer apply. In most places across the UK, that means you cannot mix with other households indoors, including on New Year’s Eve.

Christmas bubbles, support bubbles and childcare bubbles are all different things and have their own specific rules. For detailed guidance, please visit the government website.

You should keep taking steps to reduce the spread of the virus, and this will help ensure that the festive period is as safe as possible. This includes ensuring indoor spaces get as much fresh air as possible, washing your hands regularly and for 20 seconds, and following rules on self-isolation if you develop symptoms or test positive for coronavirus.

You should get a free NHS test if you have symptoms, have been asked to by your local council or your hospital, or are taking part in a government pilot project.

Read all of the government guidance for the Christmas period.