Christmas guidance

From Visit England:

Guidance for the Christmas period has been published and covers where the guidelines differ between 23-27 December, and where activities will not change. Some points to note include:

Between 23 and 27 December, the rules on who you can meet in bars, pubs and restaurants will not change from what they are at the moment.

Although there are exemptions for work purposes, people must not have a work Christmas lunch or party, where that is a primarily social activity and is not otherwise permitted by the rules in their tier of residence.

From 2 December, the rules on attending events, including performances and Christmas or other festive lighting ceremonies will depend on the tier the area is in. The rules might be different for indoor and outdoor events. In Tier 1, theatres, concert halls, music venues and sports stadia are open, but capacity should be restricted to whichever is lower: 50% capacity or 4,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors.

Between 23 and 27 December, the rules on indoor events will not change. Christmas bubbles can attend outdoor events during this period.

Between 23 and 27 December, people may travel between tiers and other nations of the UK if necessary to meet with other households in their Christmas bubble or return home. Once at the destination, they should follow the rules in that tier.

People can stay in a hotel in England, including in tier 3, during the Christmas period as long as they’re staying alone or with other members of their household, or support bubble.

People can stay in private rented accommodation with members of their household, or their Christmas bubble.



  • Santa’s grottos are able to open in all tiers where they are located in venues otherwise permitted to open.
  • Rules for Christmas markets will depend on which Tier the market is in
  • Carol singing or carol services can take place if all attendees follow advice in the suggested principles of safer singing and guidance for the Performing Arts developed by an expert group coordinated by Public Health England. This applies to both professional and amateur choirs.
  • Professional and amateur choirs may perform outdoors in any venue permitted to open
  • Door-to-door carol singing can take place in a group(s) of no more than six participants.

Christmas Shopping Hours Extended

The Government has announced that retailers will be able to extend their daily opening hours from Monday to Saturday in the run up to Christmas and through January,

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