ScotGov Christmas Covid guidance confirms visits to pubs and restaurants only in your bubble

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Christmas ‘bubbles’ in Scotland will be allowed to visit pubs or restaurants but staying in tourist accommodation in your bubble is banned, Scottish Government guidance published today has confirmed. The rule is part of the government’s guidance for Christmas which temporarily relaxes some Covid-19 restrictions for five days across the UK between 23 and 27 December.

Christmas bubbles of three households in Scotland should contain no more than eight people over the age of 11 and can only gather in a private home, outdoors or at a place of worship and single households should also not travel in or out of level three or level four areas in Scotland to use tourist accommodation, the guidance states.


Although three households will be allowed to meet indoors and stay overnight in the same home, the Scottish government says a two-metre distance should be kept between people from different households. However, children under 12 will be exempt from the physical distancing rules as well as not counting toward the total number of people in the bubble.


A UK-wide deal was agreed on Tuesday to permit people to meet up in bubbles over the festive period and travel restrictions will be lifted across all four nations.

But the guidance states that the “safest way to spend Christmas and the festive period is to stay within your own household, in your own home and your own local area.

“Wherever possible you should keep in touch with friends and family members from other households through technology – or, if you decide to meet in person, you should minimise the numbers and duration, and if possible meet out of doors.”






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