Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced last night the introduction of ‘support bubbles’ in England, allowing people living alone or single parents to combine with another household.
The new rules mean single parents and children under 18 they live with, as well as single adults living alone, can go inside one other household and even stay overnight without maintaining physical distancing. A single person household will be able to join with another multi-person household too.
This also means that a couple living apart can be together for the first time since lockdown began in March, if at least one of them lives on their own.
If any member of the ‘social bubble’ develops coronavirus symptoms, all members will have to isolate for 14 days.
The guidelines will apply from midnight on Saturday.