Rates of COVID-19 are increasing across the country, and we have seen a particularly sharp rise in Kingston in recent weeks.
It is vital that we all exercise extreme caution in the way we celebrate Christmas this year to protect our loved ones - particularly our elderly, vulnerable or at-risk relatives.
Relaxed rules are in place for five days across the festive period, from 23-27 December. During this time:
Up to 3 households will be allowed to meet up to form a ‘Christmas bubble’
Those three households will be allowed to meet in private homes
You will not be allowed to meet with your Christmas bubble in hospitality venues, such as pubs or restaurants
You can not change or extend the households in your Christmas bubble.
It is a tough decision, but we must all use our best personal judgement to decide whether to meet up over Christmas, giving particular consideration to gatherings with vulnerable relatives.
In the lead up to Christmas it is essential that we continue to follow the key prevention guidance below (Hands, Face, Space) and keep social contact low.
Also, please remember if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 - a new cough, a high temperature or a loss or change in your sense of taste or smell - you must self-isolate: stay at home and book a free test as soon as possible.