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Coronavirus (Covid-19) - Advice on support bubbles, places of worship and non-essential businesses

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced various changes to the current social distancing measures.

Mr Johnson announced the following adjustments can be made in the coming days:

  • Non-essential businesses will be allowed to reopen from Monday. 
  • From this weekend, single adult households or single parents with children under the age of 18, will be allowed to form ‘support bubbles’ with one other household. They can spend time with each other inside their homes, and do not need to meet outside.
  • From Monday, outdoor attractions can reopen, including drive-in cinemas, zoos and safari parks.
  • Places of worship will be allowed to open for private prayer this weekend.

He reiterated that phase three will not begin any earlier than 4 July, and he will “apply the brakes” on relaxing measures if necessary. The rate of infection is not low enough, which is why the Government has chosen not to reopen all primary schools before the summer holidays, he added.

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From 13 June, you will be able to:

  • Form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household if you live alone or are a single parent with dependent children - in other words, you are in a household where there is only one adult. All those in a support bubble will be able to act as if they live in the same household - meaning they can spend time together inside each other’s homes and do not need to stay 2 metres apart. Support bubbles should be exclusive - meaning you should not switch the household you are in a bubble with or connect with multiple households
  • Attend your place of worship for the purposes of individual prayer

From 15 June:

  • You will be able to visit any type of shop and some additional outdoor attractions - drive-in cinemas, zoos, and safari parks
  • Year 10 and 12 pupils in secondary schools and further education colleges will begin to receive some face to face support
  • You will have to wear a face covering on public transport

You will still be able to meet outdoors with groups of up to six people from different households, provided social distancing is observed and you stay 2 metres away from anyone outside your household or support bubble.

As before, you cannot:

  • visit friends and family inside their homes (unless you are in a support bubble from 13 June) or for other limited circumstances set out in law
  • stay away from your home or your support bubble household overnight - including holidays - except for in a limited set of circumstances, such as for work purposes
  • exercise in an indoor sports court, gym or leisure centre, or go swimming in a public pool
  • use an outdoor gym or playground
  • gather outdoors in a group of more than six (unless exclusively with members of your own household or support bubble)

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