New coronavirus guidance

23 December 2020

On Saturday the Government changed their guidance putting many parts of our area into tier four and rewriting the Christmas rules. 

Tier four guidance

Living in tier four means that you cannot leave or be outside of the place you are living unless you have a reasonable excuse. You cannot meet other people indoors, including over the Christmas and New Year period, unless you live with them, or they are part of your support bubble. Outdoors, you can only meet one person from another household. These rules will not be relaxed for Christmas for tier four – you cannot form a Christmas bubble in tier four.

The rules are listed here:

Christmas bubbles 

(Taken from the BBC)

In England's tier four areas, residents will only be allowed to celebrate Christmas with members of their own household and support bubbles. They will not be allowed to travel to other tiers to see family and friends.

In areas in tiers one, two and three Christmas bubbles will no longer be across five days. Instead, three households coming together will now only be allowed on Christmas Day.

People in these tiers are also being asked to stay local. They will not be allowed to host people who live in a tier four area.

Bubbles can meet each other:

  • In each other's homes
  • At a place of worship
  • In an outdoor public space or garden

In England, the government advises people to avoid travelling to other areas and only to stay overnight with someone else if absolutely necessary. You cannot go to the pub with members of your Christmas bubble.