The key Tier 3 guidelines are:
- You must not meet socially indoors or in most outdoor places with anybody you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble, this includes in any private garden or at most outdoor venues.
- You must not socialise in a group of more than 6 in some other outdoor public spaces, including parks, countryside accessible to the public, a public garden, grounds of a heritage site, or a sports facility - this is called the 'rule of 6'.
- Hospitality settings, such as bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants are closed - they are permitted to continue sales by takeaway, click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery services.
- Avoid travelling outside of your area, including for overnight stays other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities. You can travel through other areas as part of a longer journey.
For more detailed information such as for weddings, funerals and sporting events, please visit the government website.
Making a Christmas bubble with friends and family
The safest way to celebrate Christmas this year is with your household or existing support bubble in your home. The more people you see, the more likely it is that you will catch or spread coronavirus (COVID-19). One in three people with coronavirus do not show symptoms - this means you can spread coronavirus to others even if you and the people you meet have no symptoms. You and the other people in your Christmas bubble need to consider these risks carefully before agreeing to form a bubble and discuss alternatives, such as the use of technology, to avoid bringing households together or travelling between different parts of the country.
If you do decide you need to form a Christmas bubble, you can do so between 23 and 27 December with people from no more than three households.
If you choose to form a bubble:
- you should stop unnecessary social contact outside your immediate household as soon as possible and for at least five days before you meet other households in your bubble
- you should keep your bubble as small as possible
- you can only be in one Christmas bubble
- you cannot change your Christmas bubble
- if necessary, you can travel between tiers and UK nations for the purposes of meeting your Christmas bubble
- you can only meet your Christmas bubble in private homes or in your garden, places of worship, or public outdoor spaces
- you can only meet people who are not in your Christmas bubble outside your home according to the rules in the tier you are meeting in
- do not meet socially with friends and family that you do not live with in your home or garden unless they are part of your Christmas bubble