It is reported that all four UK governments have agreed to allow additional bubbling during the holiday season – details are yet to be agreed.
Cabinet Secretary Michael Gove said today (Nov. 22) there will be “only a limited number of additional budget bubbles for a small number of days” The mirror.
Multiple households (at least three) were expected to be allowed to temporarily form a bubble between the all-important Christmas season, December 22-28.
Official confirmation of the goal of making families see each other came in a statement by Cabinet Secretary Michael Gove following discussions with executives in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Mr Gove said, “Ministers advocated a common goal of allowing a limited number of additional budget bubbles for a small number of days,” he said, adding that talks were also under way with the Irish government to help the people of Northern Ireland enable the family to live there. “
Last week, Health Secretary Matt Hancock spoke about a plan between all four nations to save Christmas for separated families.
He said it would be a “boost” for Britain if all four nations could reach an agreement that would allow families to meet during the holiday season.
Speaking of the coronavirus briefing on Friday, Mr. Hancock said: “Over Christmas I know how important it is that we have a system, a set of rules, that both ensures people’s safety and enables people to see their loved ones. “
Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford also said he was “generally hopeful” that an agreement could be reached between the four British nations on Christmas plans.
Today’s Cabinet statement said: “Ministers reaffirmed the importance of allowing families and friends to have a careful and limited meeting, while recognizing that this will not be a normal festive time and the risks of transmission remain very real are.”