The Scottish First Minister said the existing “bubbles” would not be treated as one household over the festive season.
She said mixing of bubbles would be “going too far” as it could see up to six households mingling in one place.
And in a sign of possible tougher rules to come, the SNP leader said Scots should send gift vouchers to their loved ones this Christmas instead of presents.
Her warning comes after Boris Johnson said up to three households can gather indoors for celebrations over the Christmas period.
As part of a five-day temporarily easing of some restrictions, the prime minister said people in England will be allowed to mix in homes and places of worship from December 23 to 27.
He also said travel restrictions would be rolled back.
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