Social bubbles

People should be allowed to mix with the households of their parents and children. If someone doesn’t have family they should be allowed to mix with one other household.

Why the contribution is important

People would be a lot happier to stick to the rules if they can mix with their families.

by Juniorstrawberry on May 11, 2020 at 02:13PM

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Average rating: 4.7
Based on: 10 votes


  • Posted by INM78 May 11, 2020 at 14:21

    My thoughts exactly. I live alone and feel like being able to interact with one other household to balance a more positive mental health without unnecessarily affecting the spread of the virus
  • Posted by Stargazer1960 May 11, 2020 at 14:27

    I have only given this three stars as when considering my own family - my mother has three children all married (total 6), she has 6 grandchildren most in long term partnerships (further 10 people), she has two great-grandchildren - so a direct family of 18. If each of her children also see their in-laws and their extended family my mother is effectively in a bubble of 18 over lapping with at least 8 other similar bubbles.
    My mum lives in a sheltered house. If everyone in the sheltered housing complex (42 flats) similarly extend their contacts there is a much increased opportunity for the virus to enter the complex.
    I want to see my mum, but I also want to protect her.
    Compromise - those in shielded categories (and perhaps that should be extended to include housing facilities such as sheltered housing) should be kept shielded but allowed to socialise with each other for company.
  • Posted by marjo May 11, 2020 at 14:51

    Totally agree. If someone is shielding or has a particular health issue then that probably should or would be classified separate. However if all no symptoms of covid 19 or underlying health issues then a bubble should be proposed.
  • Posted by Tantallon1990 May 11, 2020 at 15:41

    Agree that bubbles should be for those not shielding. If bubbles are allowed for inter-generational families there’s a real risk older family members will become infected unless the whole group shield themselves. The idea that grandkids can pop in and see their nan twice a week is dangerous.
  • Posted by Hep2020 May 11, 2020 at 17:53

    I think the use of a social bubble is a good idea, but still to initially maintain the social distancing rules to begin with. It would need to be clear how many of your immediate family can be added to your existing household bubble or in the case of those who live alone if they could add one friend. Best to start by adding small numbers and to meet at an outdoor space eg garden or other open outdoor space.
  • Posted by Hep2020 May 11, 2020 at 21:08

    I also think that young people should have a social bubble with one friend who they could meet outdoors whilst socially distancing. This would be on the understanding that neither of them have any underlying health conditions.
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