Allowing family gatherings is an “important public health issue”, England’s deputy chief medical officer has said – but added it is “complicated” to make the rules fair.
Dr Jenny Harries said such a move could provide a “mental health boost”.
But she said if two large families wanted to meet “you end up effectively with quite a large gathering”.
Some lockdown measures have been eased but restrictions on how many people you are allowed to meet remain in place.
Two people from different households can meet in outdoor settings, such as parks – as long as they stay more than two metres apart.
But any larger meetings between different households are currently banned.