Coronavirus support bubbles in local lockdowns explained in full

As coronavirus continues to spread, several areas have been placed into local lockdowns.

Restrictions have been placed on several places in the North East, including Newcastle, Sunderland and Northumberland.

And from Tuesday further restrictions will come into effect in the North West and parts of Lancashire.

The restrictions vary from area to area, but for many involve not being allowed to mix with people outside their household or support bubble.

The new restrictions have caused a lot of confusion about what counts as a support bubble.

Many are wondering if there is still a way they will be able to see friends or family they don’t live with.

What is a support bubble?

A support bubble is a “close support network between a household with one adult in the home and one other household of any size”.

Once you have made a support bubble you can think of yourself as one household.

This means you are exempt from the rule of six, if being in a support bubble with a household means you are more than six people.

Who can be in a support bubble?

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The rules are very clear that you can only form a support bubble if you are the only adult living in a household.

You can form a support bubble if you live by yourself – even if carers visit you to provide support.

You can also form one if you are a single parent living with children who were under 18 on 12 June 2020.

This also counts if you are a single-adult household and share custody with your child.

The Government recommends you form a support bubble with someone who lives locally.

As of September 14, if you form or continue a support bubble you cannot then change it.

If anyone in the support bubble shows symptoms of coronavirus, everyone in that circle must self isolate.

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