It has been announced that families will be able to enjoy Christmas together across the whole of the UK after ministers agreed a plan that will allow up to four households to mix for five days between Christmas Eve and December 28.
Tough limits on household mixing will be scrapped for the festive break before the country returns to a Tier system which will replace the current lockdown from December 3.
After December 2 more areas are likely to be placed in higher tiers, and some tiers will be strengthened to safeguard the gains made during the current national lockdown.
This week’s announcement will include an “end of lockdown package”, expected to include a vaccination schedule and mass testing.
The Cabinet were signing off the plans on Sunday and will decide which areas are in which tiers before Thursday 26 November. MP’s will vote on the proposals before they come into force.
The government is optimistic that restrictions can be gradually reduced in the run-up to spring, provided vaccines are approved by regulators.