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Social Distancing: Households

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 65993, tabled on 29 June 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether two households meeting in a home after 4 July 2020 are advised to remain one meter apart.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

22 July 2020

Since 13 June, single adult households - in other words adults who live alone or with dependent children only - can form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household. All those in a support bubble will be able to spend time together inside each other’s homes, including overnight, without needing to stay two metres apart.

From 4 July people can meet in groups of up to two households (a support bubble counts as one household) in any location - public or private, indoors or outdoors, in any setting and this includes staying overnight. All those in a support bubble can spend time together inside each other’s homes and can act as if they live in the same household.

People in a support bubble do not need to observe social distancing guidelines when they spend time with each other but should limit indoor meetings so are only meeting one other household at a time, in addition to a support bubble (if they have one). There is no limit on the size of either household.

Answered by

Department of Health and Social Care
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