If you live by yourself or are a single parent with dependant children – in other words, if there is only one adult in your home – you can expand your close support network so that it includes one other household of any size.
This is called making a ‘support bubble’ and means you are able to have close contact with them as you could if they were members of your own household.
Once you are in a support bubble, you can think of yourself as in a single household.
Keeping support bubbles exclusive
You should not change who is in your bubble or have close contact with anyone else you do not live with. This is critical to keeping you, and your family and friends, as safe as possible.
Members of support bubbles developing coronavirus symptoms
If you or someone in your household or your support bubble are showing coronavirus symptoms, everyone in your support bubble should stay home.
If you or a member of your support bubble is contacted as part of the test and trace programme, the individual contacted should stay at home. If the individual becomes symptomatic, everyone in the support bubble should then isolate.
This is critical to staying as safe as possible and saving lives.