Stay local wherever possible is the message from Peninsula Transport this Christmas.

The changes to the government rules and the new tiers announced at the weekend make it even more important to only travel if absolutely necessary.

Cornwall is Tier 1 and Plymouth, Torbay, Devon and Somerset Tier 2 which mean the rules are that you can form a Christmas bubble for the 25 Dec but people are being advised to think carefully before doing so. Staying local and avoiding unnecessary travel. 

If you have to travel, book ahead to enable you and others to travel safely and plan your outward and return journeys carefully. 

If you plan to travel to Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland to form a Christmas bubble, you must follow the rules of that country and should read guidance from Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland before you travel. You cannot leave a Tier 4 area to join a Christmas bubble in a Devolved Administration.

You cannot mix with the other households in your Christmas bubble (unless otherwise permitted by your tier rules) before or after the 25 December except in exceptional circumstances (for example, in the event of unforeseen travel disruption, or if a member of your Christmas bubble develops symptoms of coronavirus and you are required to self-isolate). This includes anyone travelling to or from Northern Ireland.

Transport routes may be busier than normal. If you do need to travel, you should:

  • plan ahead, check for disruption before you leave, and avoid the busiest routes, as well as busy times
  • avoid making unnecessary stops during your journey
  • avoid sharing a car with people not in your household or Christmas bubble
  • keep your distance from other people when you travel, where possible
  • wash or sanitise your hands regularly

If you need to travel with your Christmas bubble, wherever you are, you should follow Safer travel guidance.

People who live in an area with the highest level of protection, for example, tier 3 in England, should avoid travelling to lower prevalence areas such as the Peninsula where possible.