Islanders advised to choose between a Christmas ‘bubble’ and household visiting


National Clinical Director, Professor Jason Leitch, has today advised that islanders should “choose” between forming a Christmas ‘bubble’ and indoor household visiting with others.

Professor Leitch was responding to a question at Holyrood’s Covid-19 Committee today from Shetland MSP Beatrice Wishart. Referring to the communication of public messaging around the guidance, Ms Wishart highlighted constituent correspondence on the lack of clarity in government guidance for the Christmas period of 23-27 December. Ms Wishart asked whether people in Level 1 areas can have a festive ‘bubble’ arrangement and continue indoor household visiting with others outside that bubble.  

Professor Leitch said: “we’d like them to choose between those two things. If you form a Christmas bubble, that is your social interaction … you’ve already taken the risk … and therefore we would ask them to be very very cautious about meeting other individuals outwith their Christmas bubble.”

Commenting, Ms Wishart said:

“It’s been a year of sacrifices and now the balance has to be struck between spending time together with family and friends against the possibility of an increase in the spread of the virus. More interaction between households increases risk. We had the good news this week of a vaccine being approved for use but, as scientists keep reminding us, this deadly virus doesn’t recognise Christmas.

“The advice that people should choose between forming a Christmas bubble and continuing indoor household visiting with others, should help people decide how they spend the Christmas period and minimise risks.”


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