The Scottish Government has agreed a cautious and limited relaxation of the rules on household meetings to support people over the Christmas period.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon stressed it is clear that there is a risk inherent in any relaxation of the restrictions and asked everyone to consider very carefully whether the opportunity to mix for a few days is necessary given the risk of spreading the virus.
Some of the key points are:
- a “bubble” should be formed household to household only (i.e. different people in a household should not pick their own bubble).
- between 23 and 27 December, people can meet in an exclusive “bubble” composed of three households.
- you should stay with your “bubble” where they are hosting you and you should follow the travel advice for the level you are in (e.g. people being hosted in a level 3 area cannot go on an outing to a level 2 area).
- within your “bubble”, you can gather in a home, an outdoor place or a place of worship
- in all other settings – eg. hospitality, entertainment venues – those who have formed a bubble must only socialise with members of their own household.
- households deciding to form a bubble will be advised to limit social contact before and after the period of relaxation.
Further information can be found here Cautious approach to Christmas (news.gov.scot) and further guidance will be published shortly.
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