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Coronavirus: tips for a safer Christmas

Well-ventilated homes, guest cutlery, picnics and deferral until midsummer among advice for tweaking the traditional festivalCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage
Christmas tree in Covent Garden, London. Being outdoors and socially distanced helps lessen the risk of virus transmission. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

The government has given the green light to people across the UK gathering in groups of up to three households of any size from 23 to 27 December. How can those who decide to meet up with people this Christmas minimise the risks?

Reconsider the nature of Christmas

If you are not in a high-risk group it is not entirely crazy to meet a few people in the safest way possible, suggests Lucy Yardley, a professor of health psychology at the University of Bristol. “But what really isn’t going to work is the

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