New Government Guidelines on Support Bubbles

16th June 2020

 From Saturday 13 June 2020

The Government has introduced new rules that allow single people to socialise with one other household without social distancing.

What is a support bubble?

  • A bubble is defined as a group of people with whom you have close physical contact
  • In England, single adults living alone can form a support bubble with one other household
  • The second household can be of any size
  • Nobody who is shielding should join a bubble

What are the support bubble rules?

  • Support bubbles must be “exclusive”.  You can’t switch and start another with a different household.
  • People in each bubble can visit each other’s homes and go inside.
  • Bubble members won’t have to stay 2m (6ft) apart and can even stay overnight

I live in Assisted Living – what does this mean for me?

You may socialise with one other household inside your scheme (a friend) or a member of your family outside the scheme – you cannot do both.

  • You can eat together and stay in each other’s home
  • You can sit together when in communal areas so long as you both stay 2 metres apart from anyone else in the communal area -including friends who may form a separate support bubble
  • You still need to wash your hands regularly and wipe down surfaces after use
  • A single person can form a support bubble with friends who have 2 or more people in their household (for example a married couple)
  • Two married couples are not allowed under the rules to form a support bubble together
  • If you do decide to form a support bubble within your scheme please let the on-site staff know as it will help them when arranging social activities
  • If anyone in your support bubble is contacted as part of the Test and Trace programme you must all stay at home and not even meet other people in your bubble
  • If anyone in your support bubble develops symptoms of COVID-19 then everyone in that bubble must inform site staff and self-isolate
  • Self-isolate means not leaving your property at all for any reason

I hope this is helpful in explaining the new rules that start on Saturday 13 June.

If you have any questions please ask the on-site staff and they will help in any way they can.

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