Rules and restrictions have changed frequently since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic – with many U-turns made along the way – so it’s understandable if you haven’t kept up with it all.
From today, Monday September 14, the rules have officially changed again – with social gatherings limited to no more than six people indoors or outdoors across England and Scotland (Wales can still have up to 30 people meeting outdoors).
With the new rule of six now officially in place, understanding your support bubble is more important than ever – as it could be the difference between a fine of anywhere from £100 up to £3200.
What is a support bubble, and what’s the latest guidance?
What is a support bubble?
As per the latest guidance on Gov.uk, a support bubble is ‘a close support network between a household with only one adult in the home (known as a single-adult household) and one other household of any size.’
Once in a support bubble, you can have close contact with that household as if they were members of your own household – and this can be over six people still, following the introduction of the government’s new ‘rule of six.’
You can’t meet up with more than six people if you’re not in the same support bubble, though.
When in a support bubble, you should avoid changing it wherever possible.
The government advise avoiding close contact with your existing support bubble or other individuals for 14 days before forming a new support bubble.
Who can make a support bubble?
Support bubbles are important to those who might not live with friends and family, but who can form one and what are the guidelines?
If you live by yourself or are a single parent with children who were under 18 on June 12 2020 you can form a support bubble with a household of any size.
If you live with other adults, you can form a bubble with another household if they are a single-adult household not in another social bubble.
If you share custody of a child with someone you don’t live with, you can form a support bubble with a household other than the one of the person you share your child with whether you’re a single-adult household or not.
What are school bubbles?
With schools returning, daily life will look different for students as they return under ‘school bubbles.’
Part of their new normal will involve no contact sports being played and pupils separated and kept in age group ‘bubbles.’
It is thought that schools will keep year groups together, staggering lunch times and break times to avoid any ‘bubbles’ overlapping.
The Daily Mail reports that Pepe Di’Iasio, of Wales High School in Rotherham, Sheffield, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘We’re keeping each of our year groups separate so there’s 350 students in each bubble, each year group will have their own social area, their own toilets.’
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