It has now been announced that “support bubbles” are to be allowed for single adult households from this weekend.
The further easing of lockdown in England was announced by Boris Johnson during today’s coronavirus daily briefing at Downing Street.
‘Social bubbles’ will allow adults living alone or single parents with children under 18 to meet with another household of any size.
The prime minister added the new adjustment to lockdown is a “target intervention” to help people who have been lonely as a result of social distancing measures.
“We’re making this change to support those who are particularly lonely,” he said.
“It is not designed for those who do not qualify to start meeting inside people’s homes, because that remains against the law.”
If one person in the support bubble develops symptoms of coronavirus, everyone in the bubble must follow guidelines.
Adults who are shielding cannot form social bubbles.
During the daily briefing, Johnson also re-confirmed the re-opening of non-essential retail shops on June 15, as well as the re-opening of zoos, safari parks and drive-in cinemas on the same day.