The Government has announced that, as of 13th June, single adult households can form a support bubble with one other household and socialise as though they live together. This means that these people will be able to spend time in one another’s houses, can stay overnight and will not need to follow the social distancing procedures.
Criteria For Support Bubbles
In order to be able to form a support bubble, the following criteria must be met:
- One of the two households must be a single adult household, i.e. a person who lives alone or a single parent living with children under the age of 18.
- The other household in the bubble can have more than one adult living in it. It is likely that single parents will now form a support bubble with estranged partners or other family members such as grandparents, who will be able to assist with child care.
- It is not possible to swap households once bubbles have been formed.
There is no limit on how far people can travel to see other members in their support bubble.
However, it is still the Government’s recommendation that anyone shielding should not form a support bubble and should keep two metres apart from people in other households.
What Does This Mean for Children of Separated Parents?
During lockdown, many children of separated parents continued to spend time between both of their parents’ homes. Under the new rules, both separated parents can form their own support bubble with another household and therefore, the children could become part of two separate bubbles, made up of four different households in total.