Christmas bubble guidance

Alert message sent 23/12/2020 11:48:00

Information sent on behalf of Derbyshire Constabulary

The safest way to celebrate Christmas this year is with your household or existing support bubble in your home

If you choose to form a Christmas bubble:
  • keep your Christmas bubble as small as possible.
  • do not join a Christmas bubble with anyone from a Tier 4 area
  • stop all unnecessary social contact outside your immediate household as soon as possible and for at least five days before you meet other households in your bubble
  • only meet your Christmas bubble in private homes or in your garden, places of worship, or public outdoor spaces
  • only see your bubble on Christmas Day. Do not stay overnight and keep your visits as short as possible
  • stay local where possible. Avoid travelling from a high prevalence to a low prevalence area
  • only meet people who are not in your Christmas bubble outside your home according to the rules in the tier you live in (unless coming from a lower to a higher tier) and do 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
When seeing your Christmas bubble:
You should keep taking steps to reduce the spread of the virus:
  • meet outdoors where possible
  • ensure indoor spaces are well-ventilated
  • make space between members of different households wherever you can
  • wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds
  • follow the rules on self-isolation if you develop symptoms or test positive for coronavirus.
You must not visit another household if you, or anyone in your household, is feeling unwell or self-isolating.

If a member of your Christmas bubble tests positive for coronavirus or develops coronavirus symptoms on 25 December, or up to 48 hours after members of the bubble last met, all members of the bubble must self-isolate as if they were members of the same household.

If you are in a support bubble:
Existing support bubbles count as one household towards the three-household limit. This means that if you are in a support bubble outside a Tier 4 area, you can collectively form a Christmas bubble with two other households.

This applies only to support bubbles as set out in law. You should, however, consider the risks of doing so and keep your Christmas bubble as small as possible.

Further information:
The full government guidance on forming a Christmas bubble is here on

Thank you and Merry Christmas from all of us at Cotton Lane.
Message sent by
Mark Cox (Police, PCSO Supervisor, Derby East)

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