Christmas is just around the corner and it’s set to be very different for the majority of the country.
The move into Level 4 restrictions was matched elsewhere in the UK as the relaxation of coronavirus rules over the festive period was scrapped across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
It was initially agreed by UK leaders that groups of up to three households could meet at home, outdoors or in a place of worship for a five day window over Christmas.
However, due to the emergence of a new strain of covid which has already been detected in Scotland, Wales and parts of south-east England, the rules over Christmas were dramatically stripped back.
Now, the five-day Christmas bubble has been reduced to just Christmas Day in Scotland (as well as in England and Wales).
What can people in Scotland do over the Christmas period?
From one minute past midnight on Boxing Day, people living in mainland Scotland should not meet anyone who is not in their household indoors, in their home or anyone else’s home. You can meet another household indoors in a public place and the maximum number of people who can meet indoors in public is 6, which can be formed from 2 separate households.
Anyone living in a level 3 or 4 area should not travel into or out of their local authority. Read more about level 4 restrictions here.
What are the rules for Christmas Day?
There is special guidance which only applies on Christmas Day. The Scottish Government’s latest advice strongly advises people to minimise the size of any gathering as much as possible, saying: “The smaller the bubble the better and safer it will be.”
For December 25 only:
- You can form a bubble of 8 people from 3 households (plus children under 12 years of age from the three households).
- You can meet with your bubble in a home, outdoors or in a place of worship.
- You can…