Plans to allow people to form a temporary bubble over the festive season will be welcome news to families across the country.
But how much do we know about what is being proposed?
Here, the PA news agency looks at some key questions based on information released by the Cabinet Office and relating to England.
Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are yet to publish their full guidance, which could contain variations in approaches.
– What is a Christmas bubble and when can I join one?
People will be allowed to form an exclusive Christmas bubble made up of people from no more than three households between December 23 and 27.
This rule applies across the whole of the UK.
Christmas bubbles can only meet in private homes and gardens, places of worship and public outdoor spaces.
– Can I be in more than one Christmas bubble?
No. Christmas bubbles will be fixed for the period they are permitted.
You are also not allowed to change your Christmas bubble once it is formed.