Families and friends in all of the four UK nations will be allowed to meet for a small number of days over Christmas.
The details have not yet been announced in full — and there’s a warning that this will not be a normal festive period, with the danger of coronavirus transmission remaining high.
It’s thought households may be allowed to meet together for a total of five days. Boris Johnson is expected to announce a new tougher system of tiered restrictions when England ends its current lockdown on 2nd December.
Reeta Chakrabarti presents BBC News at Ten reporting by deputy political editor Vicki Young and health correspondent Dominic Hughes.
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