New law states you can delay your family Christmas gathering

A new law published on Monday by the Health Protection Regulations 2020 includes an exception to the dates announced by the Government regarding families getting together for Christmas festivities.

New law states you can delay your family Christmas gathering: Last week all four Governments across the country had agreed on a strategy which would allow families to be together between 23rd and 27th December and the temporary relaxation of the rules meant that three households would be allowed to join together in a “bubble” during these dates. However the new law states that if there is travel disruption and a family member cannot make it home during this time they can choose their own dates for gatherings outside the Government specified ones. It states:

  • Exception is that (a) the gathering takes place during the Christmas period or, where sub-paragraph applies, immediately after the Christmas period.
  • This sub-paragraph applies where one or more persons at the gathering have not been able to return to their home because of unforeseen disruption to travel.

SAGE, the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, has raised concerns that “increased transmission is likely to result from more social mixing during celebrations” and also that the Christmas “bubbles” could encourage people to break the restrictions for other family celebrations such as birthdays.


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