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Christmas is just around the corner – and even though celebrations in 2020 will look unlike any other Christmas celebrations in the UK in recent history, millions will still be celebrating across the country. Millions are now locked down in areas of the southeast, including London and Kent, as the new variant of Covid-19 is spreading rapidly in the area.
While most Britons get a day off work on Christmas Day, some 4.7 million still had to go to work in 2019 according to One4All Gift Cards.
For those that usually work over the festive period, the prospect of a break is welcome – especially after this year.
On a bank holiday, not only do banks take the day off, but a lot of retail shuts its doors as well.
As Christmas and Boxing Day are both bank holidays, workers will get a break this year plus an additional day as Boxing Day falls on a Saturday this year.
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Is Christmas Eve a bank holiday?
Unfortunately, Christmas Eve is not a bank holiday.
However, Christmas Day and Boxing Day are both bank holidays, as is New Year’s Day.
This year Christmas Eve will fall on a Thursday.
In 2021, the following days are bank holidays.
- January 1
- April 2
- April 5
- May 3
- May 31
- August 30
- December 27
- December 28
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In normal times, thousands flock to the shops on Christmas Eve to get last-minute presents and food in time for the big day.
However, this year looks pretty different to once normal times, with non-essential shops closed across several areas.
Those living in Tier 4 areas cannot go last-minute shopping as non-essential retail has now closed.
They are also ordered to stay at home as much as possible and to not mix at all with other households on Christmas Day.
Those living in Tier 3 and lower can continue with their Christmas shopping plans in the run-up to Christmas.
All non-essential shops in Wales are currently closed after it brought forward national lockdown measures.
Level 4 measures will begin in Scotland on Boxing Day, which closely resembles that of a full lockdown.
Northern Ireland will also go under strict restrictions once the Christmas period is over.
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