The UK’s four nations have backed plans to allow households to meet “for a small number of days” over Christmas.
It comes as Boris Johnson is due to announce on Monday what Covid restrictions may be in place over the festive period.
The PM will also outline plans for a tougher three-tiered system for England – to be introduced at the end of the current lockdown on 2 December.
The 10pm curfew could be eased under the new system.
The Cabinet Office said ministers from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have endorsed a “shared objective of facilitating some limited additional household bubbling for a small number