Support bubble: What is a support bubble? Who can meet?

Support bubble: What is a support bubble? Who can meet?

Boris Johnson has announced new amendments to lockdown restrictions in light of progress being made to quell the spread of coronavirus. Speaking at tonight’s press briefing, he said new ‘support bubbles’ could be made to help those who are living alone or with children under 18 socialise and see family members.

New lockdown rules announced today include:

  • Social contact – from Saturday, single adult households or parents with children under 18 can form a ‘support bubble’ with anothe household, meaning they can spend time together inside eachothers homes. They must be exclusive and cannot be switched to connect with other households. Anyone who gets coronavirus symptoms will have to isolate along with their household. This does not include those who are shielding who can expect an update at the end of the months. 
  • Shops – all shops can open from Monday, providing they meet COVID-19 secure guidelines
  • Outdoor attractions – zoos and drive in cinemas can reopen from Monday
  • Places of worship – for individual worship only, Churches and similar can reopen from Monday

You cannot have multiple households and Professor Chris Whitty has maintained that socialising should preferably take place outside to reduce the risk of infection.

At the Downing Street briefing, the Prime Minister said: “We are making this change to support those who are particularly lonely as a result of lockdown measures.

“It’s a targeted intervention to limit the most harmful effects of the current social restrictions.

“It is emphatically not designed for people who don’t qualify to start meeting inside other people’s homes, because that remains against the law.”

Mr Johnson said: “We would want to make sure that people who have been suffering from loneliness, and have been unable to see their families for a longtime, the rest of their families, are able to do that.”

The Prime Minister also gave an update on the u-turn on schools reopening.

Currently years reception, one and six are back in mainstream education, with further plans to get more back into school pushed back until potentially after the summer holidays.

The Prime Minister said it remained the Government’s ambitions to have all pupils back in classrooms in time for the next academic year.

He said: “We do fully intend to bring back all children to school in September, provided the progress we are making continues and I hope it will.

“That is our focus and is consistent with the approach taken by many other countries in Europe.”

He admitted the Government had been forced to move “slower than we would have liked in some areas”, including in reopening schools.

Mr Johnson added: “It is because the rate of infection is not quite low enough and because we are not able to change our social distancing advice, including smaller class sizes in schools, that we are not proceeding with our ambition to bring back all primary pupils at least for some weeks before the summer holidays.”

Published at Wed, 10 Jun 2020 16:38:00 +0000