Families should choose quizzes over board games this Christmas to help stop the spread of Covid-19, Sage has said.

The group, which advises the government on the pandemic, said it would be best to avoid doing anything that involves physical contact like passing objects during a board game. 

The panel added it was important children didn’t get too close grandparents or vulnerable people and they should try and see them outside.

In its guidance, Sage said sleepovers between children from different households in the same room should be avoided.

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Three households will be able to mix for five days at Christmas time, after the leaders of the UK’s four nations agreed a festive deal this week.

The relaxation of coronavirus restrictions will come between December 23 and 27, allowing relatives to celebrate together at home.

Christmas bubbles will have to be exclusive over the five day period, meaning people cannot move from one three-house group to another.

Bubbles will only be able to gather in private homes, go to outdoor public spaces and attend places of worship together – they will not be able to meet together in hospitality settings. 

Children whose parents are separated will be able to move between two separate bubbles, but elderly care home resident will not to join their families.

Sage added the cleaning up this Christmas should be left to people who were not in the vulnerable gorup to avoid them touching surfaces and being infected.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has acknowledged the risks involved in a Christmas relaxation, saying ’tis the season to be jolly careful’ – but is determined to give families the chance to meet up.

Experts have warned a loosening of restrictions and indoor household mixing could lead to a spike in Covid-19 cases and potentially harsher restrictions in the new year. 

Sage would prefer it if celebrations involving vulnerable people were delayed until next year when they had been vaccinated.

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