Good news for anyone who's been isolating alone for the past two-and-a-half months of lockdown; Boris Johnson announced yesterday that single people in England can now form "support bubbles" to combat loneliness.
The Prime Minister revealed in his daily briefing plans to allow adults to stay at one other household from Saturday. However, these rules only apply to people who live alone, and the change is just for people living in England.
Addressing the nation, Boris Johnson said: "All those in a support bubble will be able to act as if they live in the same household, meaning they can spend time together inside each others' homes and do not need to stay two metres apart."
From this weekend single parents and single people can join a ‘support bubble’ - in other words, millions of people can now go to each other’s houses and don’t have to follow 2 m rule in England BUT...— Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) June 10, 2020
He added: "I want to stress that support bubbles must be exclusive, meaning you can't switch the household you are in a bubble with or connect with multiple households.
"And if any member of the support bubble develops symptoms, all members of the bubble will need to follow the normal advice on household isolation."
So, for example, the new rules could apply to two single people who live in separate households, or a single parent and their adult child. The PM also said that if a person lives alone but their partner has a flatmate, for example, then they can form a bubble but the flatmate cannot then form their own with another household.
The new plan is extremely limited, but will be welcome for those who have struggled with being alone since March. Earlier this month, a number of amendments were made to The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) Regulations 2020 bill, which cracked down on indoor meetings between more than one household. As a result, sex between two single people was technically made illegal.
The new "bubble" plan of course changes all that, meaning couples who have been apart can finally have sex, and single people can choose to create a bubble with someone they want to sleep with, should they so wish.
Of course, the change means only sleeping with one other person - but it's likely to be very welcome to those who are missing physical affection.
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