Covid Christmas loophole means Britons may see bubbles after December 27 if affected by travel disruption


BRITS affected by a travel disruption could still see their family in their Christmas bubbles after December 27, a loophole has revealed.

Groups of up to three households affected by “unforeseen travel disruption” may benefit from the rule, according to government guidance released today.


Brits in their Christmas bubble could see five-day dating period extended if one person is delayedCredit: Alamy
If a parent is delayed by trafficking, the Christmas bubble period could be extended, according to government guidelines.Credit: AFP – Getty

Regulations suggest that the five-day Christmas bubble could be extended by at least a day if a parent’s train is delayed or their car breaks down.

Only one person in the bubble needs to be delayed for the easing of restrictions on Christmas gatherings to apply to everyone.

The regulation says: “This subparagraph applies when one or more persons present at the gathering have not been able to return home due to an unforeseen disruption of the trip. ”

Any extension could take place “immediately after the Christmas period”.

The new directions were unveiled as the country prepares to emerge from the Covid lockdown on Wednesday.


Social distancing and travel rules will then be removed for the Christmas bubbles from December 23 to 27.

Students can also go home from Thursday, before returning to schools and universities before February 8.

But with 99% of England at levels 2 or 3, most families bubbling over for Christmas still won’t be allowed to go to the pub together.

No domestic mixing is allowed inside level 2 pubs or restaurants, but up to six punters can meet outside.

Boozers have to serve ‘big meals’ to open their doors, and thrilled drinkers say they can order a drink if they buy a Scottish Egg.

Level 3 pubs are closed except for take-out drinks.

New level rules will be introduced on Wednesday
New level rules will be introduced on Wednesday

About 16 million people in Level 3 areas are expected to be downgraded to Level 2 on the first review in just over two weeks.

The loopholes in the rules mean level 2 drinkers can still enjoy a drink without food at a movie theater, soccer game, or hotel.

Recently published Third Party Laws state that the substantial meals clause “does not apply when alcohol is supplied to a customer at a movie theater, theater, concert hall or sports field.”

Under the new rules, 4,000 fans are allowed to watch the sport at outdoor Tier 1 venues, while 2,000 fans are allowed in Tier 2 areas, up to 50% capacity, depending on the value. lower.

And theaters and cinemas can accommodate up to 1,000 people indoors, or up to half the seat limit in theaters.

England's lockdown ends this week5
England’s lockdown ends this weekCredit: PA: Press Association

Level 3 sites must remain closed.

MPs will vote on the government’s new rules tomorrow, with Labor announcing tonight they will abstain, meaning it is almost certain to get a vote in the House of Commons.

Deaths have increased by 205 today, with a global toll of 58,450 people.

In a letter to MPs, Boris Johnson said the Tier system is expected to be reviewed on December 16.

Boris Johnson said the system will contain a “sunset clause” – or expiration date – of February 3, with MPs having the option to vote on whether to extend them beyond that date.

He also hinted that on December 16, some Level 3 areas could be downgraded to Level 2, allowing people to go to pubs and restaurants indoors with their family bubbles.

“Where the evidence shows that the disease is in sustained decline, the areas will be moved down,” he said.

Meanwhile, Welsh Prime Minister Mark Drakeford on Monday announced that pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes in Wales must now CLOSE daily at 6 p.m. – and alcohol will be banned.

Mr Drakeford has warned the facts are “austere” by announcing tough new curbs just weeks after the firewall lockdown ended.

Draconian new national measures will take effect in Wales at 6 p.m. on Friday, imposing stringent curfews and alcohol bans in the hospitality sector.

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