Around 11 million people living alone or as single parents will be able to join another household, Boris Johnson has announced as part of a further easing of lockdown restrictions.
The Prime Minister introduced "support bubbles" to help those who are feeling lonely during this challenging time. From Saturday 13 June, single adults living alone - or single parents with children under 18 - can form "support bubbles" with another multi-person household. This means they can act as if they are part of that household, spend time together in each other's homes, and not stay 2m (6ft) apart. They will also be able to stay overnight.
Any multi-person household will only be able to join with one single-person household and it will also not apply to people told to shield, who are meant to be isolating until the end of June apart from being able to meet one other person outside their home.
If any member of the support bubble develops coronavirus symptoms, everyone in that bubble will need to self-isolate.
“We are making this change to support those who are particularly lonely as a result of lockdown measures," said Johnson. “It’s a targeted intervention to limit the most harmful effects of the current social restrictions.
However, he stressed that the new rules do not mean that the public can now blithely conducting indoor meetings with people who don't meet the criteria.
“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," he said.
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