Can I still go away for Christmas?

London enters Tier 3

On Monday 14 December Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced that London was going into Tier 3. The restrictions include avoiding travelling outside our own area. But the rules for the five day period around Christmas are different.

From one minute past midnight on the morning of Wednesday 16 December

If you live in a Tier 3 area, you should avoid staying overnight outside of your area other other than where necessary, such as:

  • for work.
  • for education.
  • because of caring responsibilities.
  • to visit your support bubble.
  • for moving home.
  • to access voluntary, charitable or youth services.
  • for a medical appointment or treatment.

Government guidance for Tier 3

Christmas rules

Between 23 and 27 December:

  • you can form an exclusive ‘Christmas bubble’ composed of people from no more than three household
  • you can only be in one Christmas bubble
  • you cannot change your Christmas bubble
  • 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 continue to meet people who are not in your Christmas bubble outside your home according to the rules in the tier you are meeting in
  • if you form a Christmas bubble, you should 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

You should travel to meet those in your Christmas bubble and return home between the 23 and 27 December.

Anyone travelling to or from Northern Ireland may travel on the 22 and 28 December.

Government guidance for Christmas

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See also: London goes into Tier 3
See also: Hogarth Club – What you can and can’t do in Tier 3

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