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2020 may be over – COVID isn’t

Don’t give up the fight against COVID this Christmas.

The festive period is a special time for many and, traditionally, an opportunity when friends and family can get together and celebrate.

We want everyone to be able to enjoy the Christmas that they deserve - whilst remembering that although 2020 might nearly be over, COVID isn’t.

Here is what we can all do to keep COVID away this Christmas – and to protect ourselves, our family and the NHS.

2020 might now be over - COVID isn't! Infections are going up. Please follow the rules. Save lives in Gloucestershire. Hands - face - space.The safest way to enjoy Christmas this year is to spend time only with your own household or support bubble. If you choose to, you can form a Christmas bubble for Christmas Day only (25 December). The bubble can consist of no more than two households.

Before 25 December and again from Boxing Day (26 December), Gloucestershire is subject to Tier two restrictions. This means you cannot mix with other households indoors, including on New Years’ Eve.

Other key things you need to know about the rules:

  • Christmas day bubbles can only meet in a private home, a place of worship or an outdoor public space.
  • People from tier 4 should not travel into the county.
  • From 26 December you must return to following the guidance for your tier in your area, as a minimum. Christmas bubbles will no longer apply. This means you cannot mix with other households indoors, including on New Years’ Eve.
  • If you do choose to form a Christmas day bubble, you should limit contact with people outside of your household after Christmas Day -  this will help reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

Washing your hands, keeping your distance and wearing a face covering where social distancing is not possible, continue to be the best ways to protect yourself and others around you.

A reminder of some of the key Tier 2 regulations are as follows:

  • You can meet  with up to six people that you do not live OUTSIDE – you must still keep two metres apart as this will help to prevent the spread of the virus
  • You can dine in a restaurant – but only with people you live with or in your support bubble
  • Only travel to a different Tier if is it essential – if you travel to a Tier one area, our Tier two restrictions will still apply to you during your visit
  • Avoid travelling to a Tier three area at this time
  • If you are hitting the shops for some last minute gifts or if want to grab yourself a Boxing Day bargain remember you must wear a face covering inside and in busy outdoor areas where social distancing may not be possible

Remember HANDS, FACE, SPACE. Stay safe this Christmas.

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