With Christmas fast approaching it is evident that this year will be very different to what most of us are accustomed too. 
Often, when we think of Christmas, we think of time spent with family and friends, we think of parties and social gatherings. 
However, this year will be the year of the Christmas Bubble, the name of governments plan to allow families to meet over the festive period whilst trying to keep the spread of COVID-19 to a minimum. (It should be noted that the rules around forming Christmas Bubbles will be made law.) 
So what is a Christmas Bubble? According to the .gov website a Christmas Bubble allows up to 3 separate households to form an exclusive bubble for the period between 23rd and 27th December (in England). Once a bubble is formed, you can meet with those in your bubble, but you should remember that you are then unable to mix socially with anyone outside of this bubble (this applies to both indoor and outdoor settings). 
Whilst those in the vulnerable and clinically extremely vulnerable groups are able to join a Christmas Bubble, government guidance suggests that they may be at additional risk if doing so, and therefore careful thought should be given when planning Christmas arrangements. If anyone in your Christmas bubble is in the vulnerable or extremely clinically vulnerable groups you should ensure you follow precautions carefully, and should be mindful of your actions on the lead up to the festivities, prior to contact with the vulnerable individual. 
As you would expect our staff, along with care staff across the country, will be working throughout the festive period, including Christmas Day, to support and care for those vulnerable individuals in our community. 
By way of spreading some Christmas cheer, and in hope of helping those who will be alone during the festivities, we have teamed up with local Chef Lee Pagliarini at Cafe Bellissimo and are offering 20 FREE meals for delivery to the elderly in Colchester this festive season. We hope this will make a difference to some of the most vulnerable people in our community. (Terms and conditions apply, please see our Facebook page for full details.) 
May we take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas! 
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