loader image
Trending News
HomePoliticsGreat news for grandparents & families with Boris Johnson set to expand ‘support bubbles’ tomorrow

Great news for grandparents & families with Boris Johnson set to expand ‘support bubbles’ tomorrow

Great news for grandparents & families with Boris Johnson set to expand ‘support bubbles’ tomorrow

BORIS Johnson is expected to expand “support bubbles” tomorrow which could mean millions more people are able to see their children and grandchildren, according to reports.

The PM is set to announce more changes to the lockdown this week – including relaxing the 2m rule, and revealing which parts of the hospitality industry will be allowed to reopen on July 4.

⚠ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates

Single people are allowed to bubble up with another household – this could be extended in days
Getty Images – Getty

He’s expected to say that pubs, hotels, restaurants and hairdressers will be able to return next month, but the distance can only be cut with extra protection like masks, screens and having to sit back-to-back or side-by-side.

The PM recently announced a policy for “support bubbles” where people living alone can form a bubble with another household.

It means they are allowed to come within 2m of each other, hug, go inside each other’s homes and stay overnight.

Single people could include a grandparent living alone, or a single parent with kids under 18.

But it meant that grandparent couples were not able to bubble up and see their grandkids.

Now the PM could be about to expand those bubbles to include all households with two people in them, the Daily Telegraph reported, meaning millions more could go and hug their loved ones.

Another option under consideration is to allow people from multiple households to bubble up, but with an overall cap on numbers.

This could mean both grandparents are allowed to see grandkids, and parents wouldn’t have te heartbreaking choice of which ones to see.

Whichever option they take, the Government’s scientific advisers has warned in internal meetings that it risks taking the R rate above one.

Scientists said that extending this policy to even just households of two – would see the virus begin to spread further again.

The R rate should be 0.8 or below before thinking about introducing a bubbling strategy, it warned.

A senior government source told the paper: “There will be an expansion of social bubbles, but the details are still being finalised.”

Another source said: “The question with bubbles has always been how you help families reunite to the maximum possible extent without too much risk.

“The scientists’ main concern has always been infections spreading from one household to another, which is why this is one of the more difficult decisions we have to take.”

Crown Copyright

Boris Johnson visits Bovingdon Primary Academy last week[/caption]


Most read in News


Boy, 6, ‘killed in dad’s care’ was living with him after mum jailed for murder


What you can & can’t do now – and PM’s plans to lift rules this week


Maddie suspect’s best pal says he is guilty & may have sold her to ‘sex ring’


2nd Reading terror victim, 39, is American & teacher’s pal as dad blasts death


Terror suspect on MI5 radar planned to go to Syria & left prison 16 days ago


Nurse, 22, and boyfriend, 24, die as Audi hits tree and bursts into flames

The PM said yesterday: “The disease is increasingly under control and I just want people to reflect on that important fact. So, of course, as we make that progress, it will be possible to open up more, and you will be hearing more about what we want to do with not just non-essential retail but with the hospitality sector from July 4.

“We’re sticking absolutely like glue to the road map to the plan that I set out on May 10.”



Don’t miss the latest news and figures – and essential advice for you and your family.

To receive The Sun’s Coronavirus newsletter in your inbox every tea time, sign up here.

To follow us on Facebook, simply ‘Like’ our Coronavirus page.

Get Britain’s best-selling newspaper delivered to your smartphone or tablet each day – find out more.