You have to meet certain eligibility rules to form a support or childcare bubble. This means that not everyone will be able to form a bubble.
A support bubble is a support network that links two households. You can form a support bubble with another household of any size only if you meet the eligibility rules.
It is against the law to form a support bubble if you do not follow these rules.
You are permitted to leave your home to visit your support bubble (and to stay overnight with them). However, if you form a support bubble, it is best if this is with a household that live locally. This will help prevent the virus from spreading from an area where more people are infected.
What is a "support bubble"?
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.
- Making a support bubble with another household - GOV.UK website
What is a "childcare bubble"?
A childcare bubble is where someone in one household can provide informal (meaning unpaid and unregistered) childcare to a child aged 14, 13 or under in another household.
This must occur on an exclusive basis - always the same two households.
You must not meet socially with your childcare bubble and must avoid seeing members of your childcare and support bubbles at the same time.
- Making a childcare bubble with another household - GOV.UK website
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.