Expand our bubble

Allow households to have a few people round to their homes.

Why the contribution is important

Because we need social contact. Going more than 6 weeks without seeing friends and family has been very difficult.

by Georgieroberts96 on May 08, 2020 at 01:50PM

Current Rating

Average rating: 4.7
Based on: 28 votes


  • Posted by jholland6 May 08, 2020 at 14:20

    Having a social bubble with social distancing measures in place, would keep spirits and resolve to comply going. Not being able to see your children tears at the fabric of our community, connectedness and lives
  • Posted by Fionabr64 May 08, 2020 at 14:21

    Absolutely agree, 6 weeks without seeing my sons or 2 year old grandchild is too long. We must be allowed to see close family and friends. Summer is here- we can meet outside, in garden, parks etc.
  • Posted by NadineH May 08, 2020 at 15:04

    The bubble concept is interesting but it is not clear if that group of people then have to socially isolate from everyone else. I live alone and would like to see friends who live with others - how would the bubble work for me? My family are in Manchester so unlikely to be suitable for my bubble as I am not allowed to travel there at present. Maybe limiting the size of gatherings to 4 or 5, ideally outside but maybe in a private house and advising that no-one with any symptoms or recent contact with suspected case could be included. Consequence of any emerging infection would be that all these people and their contacts would have to self isolate for 7-14 days. Might be very difficult to work in practice.
  • Posted by Themenz May 08, 2020 at 15:05

    For all our mental health we need to be able to see close family and friends. You need to trust us as adults not to take any unnecessary risks. Obviously there should be rules to doing this.
  • Posted by Quesada19 May 08, 2020 at 15:28

    Seeing good friends is very important for mental well being
  • Posted by Macdui45 May 08, 2020 at 16:03

    Agree, particularly for those of us who live alone. Even being able to see 1 or 2 other people would be fantastic!
  • Posted by archiemcbeastie May 08, 2020 at 16:18

    The bubble concept would work in part but could involve prioritising some family members over others, for example an adult child and their children living nearby and another the same but living some distance away in GB. An arbitrary sizing of the bubble could cut out whole sections of close family members through no fault of theirs. This could cause long term family tensions and stresses. I really can’t see most people buying this due to the conflicting choices that would have to be made. Given that we are approaching the summer months why not permit linked households to socialise at a safe distance outdoors? Then the more distant adult children’s family groups could mix with the core members as well in a relatively safe environment. All this would involve travel from home of course but the current situation is causing great emotional distress through separation for long periods and this is reaching breaking point in many families. I have seen people already taking the matter into their own hands as they can’t tolerate not seeing family members. As the lockdown proceeds more will follow if they see no early sign of change.
  • Posted by firehorse May 08, 2020 at 16:32

    how do you monitor the bubble, and how many people will be in multiple bubbles, the only way forward would to use tracing app, and would have to include some form of fines/prison for those breaking the rules. I cant see that being popular with many people.
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