Boris Johnson has announced that from Saturday single adult households in England will be able to form a “support bubble” with another household.
– Who is covered by the new arrangements?
Adults living alone or single parents living with children under the age of 18.
– What will they be able to do that they could not before?
They can form a bubble with one other household which means they will effectively be treated as a single household for the purpose of the lockdown rules.
That means they can visit each other indoors in their homes – staying overnight if they wish – and they will not have to observe the two-metre social-distancing rule.
– Who might benefit?
Elderly people living alone could form a bubble with the household of an adult son or daughter enabling them to visit and even hug their grandchildren for the first time since lockdown.
Single parents could pair up with their own parents allowing them to share childcare duties and reuniting grandparents and grandchildren.
Couples who do not live together will be able to visit and to stay with each other.
If one half of a couple shares a flat or house with one or more other people, they can see their partner as long they live alone – if their partner also shares a home they cannot see each other.
And if several people share a flat or house and all have partners who live alone, only one will be able to see their partner, which could lead to some interesting conversations. This will affect large numbers of young people living in towns and cities.