A Christmas bubble loophole could allow families to spend at least six days together due to "unforeseen disruption to travel".

Between December 23 and 27 coronavirus restrictions across the UK will be relaxed so three households can mix under one roof.

The detailed outline of the Christmas restrictions were published on Monday and includes a clause which accounts for train delays and broken down cars, the Mirror Online reports.

If someone struggles to travel home as a result of these reasons, their bubble entire bubble can be temporarily extended "immediately after the Christmas period", even if only one person is impacted.

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The regulations state: "This subparagraph applies where one or more persons at the gathering has not been able to return to their home because of unforeseen disruption to travel.

"Where a member of a household is or has been in a linked Christmas household in relation to members of two other households, the person cannot be linked with the members of any other household under this regulation."

Exceptions also apply for children of separated parents and students who can travel home from university as soon as this Thursday and can stay there until returning to university before February 8.

Eye-watering fines of £6,400 or a court hearing can be given to those who ignore the three household rule.

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Businesses could be forced to pay out up to £10,000 if caught organising illegal gatherings.

England's second national lockdown will be lifted on Wednesday but several hundred thousand people will be in Tiers 2 or 3, where mixing indoors has been banned.

Anyone in Tier 2 wishing to go to the pub can only do so if they order a substantial meal either on their own or with people in their household.

The 23.3 million people in Tier 3 cannot step into a pub or restaurant full stop as they will remain closed except for takeaway food and drink.

The new three tier system is set to remain in place until March but Boris Johnson has emphasised the tiers will be reviewed every two weeks, from December 16 when around 16 million people are expected to move from tier 3 to 2.

MPs will vote on the Tiers plan on Tuesday.

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