New government guidance announced on December 19 states that bubbles will now be allowed for Christmas Day only, not for the previously scheduled five-day period.

We still need to be very cautious with our behaviour on Christmas Day. It’s vital to keep our guard up and not throw away all our hard work over the last few weeks to keep our cases low. If we want to stay in Tier One in January, we need to be sensible for the next few weeks.

Christmas bubbles explained

On Christmas Day only you can choose three other households to meet with and form a support bubble. This bubble is then “locked in” or “exclusive”.  . 

There is no limit to the number of people in your bubble, providing it is only your family household and two other family households.

In the time before you form your bubble, everyone should try to minimise their contact with other people as much as possible. 

If you are in a bubble, you should not go off to meet other friends and families and then come back to your support bubble.  

You should stick together as one household for the duration of the bubble. 

You cannot go out to a pub, cafe or restaurant in your bubble, you can only go to each other’s houses. 

Young people coming back from university count as a member of their main household and don’t need to be their own household in the bubble. 

Children who spend time between separated parents who are in different support bubbles may be part of both bubbles. They are the only people allowed to swap bubbles. 

While you are in your household bubbles please try to:

  • keep the rooms ventilated
  • clean shared touch points or frequently used spaces often
  • wash your hands regularly

If you have chosen to form a different Christmas bubble from other people in your household – the people you live with normally – you should take additional steps to prevent the opportunity for the virus to spread within your household, and between bubbles. 

This might include taking extra precautions such as cleaning surfaces and contact points like door handles. Letting in as much fresh air as possible after someone has visited your household 

What to do if you get symptoms in a bubble:

If you start to feel unwell with coronavirus symptoms and you are in a bubble you should isolate yourself in the house from the rest of the bubble and book a test. Testing centres will be open over Christmas. Book a test by visiting the testing page. or call 119 if you can’t get online. The rest of the bubble will need to self-isolate and not leave the house until the results are received. If someone has tested positive the rest of the bubble will need to self-isolate for 14 days from the start of that person’s symptoms. If the person’s test result is negative, everyone can return to the Christmas bubble or tier rules. More information about getting a test is available on our getting tested page.

Coronavirus can spread easily through family members. You can find advice on how to stop the spread of the virus in your home on our webpages.

The rule of six

You should try not to meet people who have formed a Christmas bubble with other people.

If you don’t form a bubble you can meet as a rule of 6 as we are in Tier One.

If you’re meeting indoors as part of the rule of six, please still keep a social distance, wipe surfaces, ventilate rooms.

Stay local

New government guidance is for everyone in all tiers to stay local as much as possible over the Christmas period. This is unless it is for education, care responsibilities, medical appointments or caring responsibilities.

If you have to travel to a Tier Two area, follow Tier Two restrictions – avoid travel to Tier Three and Four areas.

Christmas parties

In Tier One you can meet up with work colleagues in a café, pub, restaurant but there should be no more than 6 of you at a time.

You shouldn’t book several tables of 6 in the same place near each other. While this seems like an obvious “work around” the rules…the likelihood is that rules might get forgotten and you might swap seats to socialise.

We recently shared an example where this happened in the weekend before lockdown. Two tables of friends went for dinner, where one person was positive. It resulted in roughly 20 cases and several businesses in a small town having to close.

Please be responsible and help us to keep the cases low.

Carol singing

Carol signing is still permitted as we are in a tier one area, but you will need to stick to the rule of six while you are performing indoors or outside.

Because Coronavirus is spread by small water droplets, singing can increase the risk of transmission. You will need to make sure you are socially distanced from each other and the audience. You must also not mingle or interact with each other.

There is full guidance on the rules available on the website

Care home visiting

You will be able to continue visiting relatives in care homes. Visits should be held with social distance and PPE in place, outside or in other COVID-secure visiting areas.

In homes where testing is available, residents will be able to have visits from up to two visitors each week in all tiers by Christmas.  It may be possible for visitors to have physical contact with their loved one if the visitor:

  • has a negative test
  • is wearing appropriate PPE
  • is following other infection control measures determined by the home

New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve will look and feel very different in Cornwall this year with no official events planned in any towns.

Cornwall’s towns have already made it clear that the usual events are cancelled.  They are urging people to celebrate at home instead of gathering outdoors to help keep everyone safe.

You will only be able to meet in the rule six on New Year’s Eve, Christmas bubbles will no longer apply.

Because we are in Tier One you will be able to have dinner in each other’s homes, or in a restaurant if there are no more than six of you.

Restaurants and Pubs will stop serving alcohol at 10pm and will have to close by 11pm.

Help us to protect Cornwall and our NHS by following the rules and enjoy the festive season safely.


Please note that the play equipment located at Leedstown playing field, The Plan, Praze An Beeble and Nancegollan playing field will remain closed pending Health and Safety Risk Assessments to be undertaken by the Parish Council.  We would ask residents to bear with us as we are obliged to comply with Government Guidelines before re-opening the local facilities.  This may take a few weeks and potential users are asked to comply with the closure Notices which should NOT BE REMOVED. 

Failure to comply with this will be at the Users own risk.

Once the playgrounds can be safely re-opened we will post a Notice to that effect along with Guidance for the safe use of the facilities.

All enquiries to be directed to
The Parish Clerk
Tel:  07307 588991

Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19

People who are identified as clinically extremely vulnerable may be at high risk of serious illness if they catch coronavirus (COVID-19). They have been advised to take additional action to prevent themselves from coming into contact with COVID-19 when transmission of coronavirus in the community is high.


From Monday (6th July) we will introducing more services and we will be operating around 84% of our normal timetable.   Network Rail have updated online journey planners and customers can check individual journeys on  

Our teams are now working on a further timetable uplift for September which should bring us back closer to a normal timetable across the GWR network. We continue to undertake a busy programme of enhancement works on the railway so service patterns will continue to change from time to time to accommodate these.

We are seeing an increase in rail travel as more businesses re-open. We are asking customers to wear a face covering, book tickets in advance and travel off peak if they can. We have social distancing markers and signs at stations and Network Rail are also providing hand sanitiser at stations they manage. You may also have seen that we are using a new overnight viricidal sanitiser alongside our additional cleaning regimes. 

We know how important a stable and reliable rail service is for our customers and our communities and our teams are working hard together, to make sure we deliver a safe, efficient railway to support your efforts.  If there are areas you want us to look at more closely, please do let us know.  

It is important to us that rail plays its full role in the local and regional recovery and we both want to work with you to do that. 

Best regards

Matthew Golton
Interim Managing Director, GWR

Mike Gallop
Western Route Director, Network Rail