Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced further easing measures for England this week.
Some couples who are held apart by barring restrictions can reunite on Saturday, and some grandparents can hug their grandchildren as part of Mr. Johnson’s “support bubble” plan.
The aim is to give adults or single parents living alone the opportunity to mingle with another household. The bladder concept was already used in New Zealand and is now being adopted in England.
People can interact with each other as if they were a household, spend time together indoors, do not have to adhere to the two-meter rule and can stay overnight.
They were also introduced in Northern Ireland.
But the embassy in Wales remains very important to stay on site, be no more than five miles from your home, and only socialize with members of another household outdoors.
A spokesman for the Welsh government said: “In Wales the rule of” staying on the ground “still applies. What the Prime Minister has announced applies only to England.”
Tasha Powell lives in Cardiff with her partner Tom and most of her family lives across the border in Somerset, England.
Tasha wouldn’t be able to see her parents because they live with her brother, but she would be able to see her grandmother or Tom’s widowed father.
“They live alone, but because of the different rules in Wales, we obviously don’t have those options,” she says.
She said she felt torn between the different restrictions.
“On the one hand, I’m grateful for Wales’ cautious response, but at the same time it seems a little over-cautious,” she says.
“The five-mile rule that we still see here seems hard for families like ours. Almost all of our friends and our whole family live beyond the five miles we are allowed to visit, so we have no benefit for them Have seen easing It is unlikely that there will soon be any restrictions if you follow the government’s statements.
“While I appreciate the fact that the ‘stay local’ message was made to protect certain areas from a large influx of people who would not be able to cope with increased Covid cases, I don’t really understand why these Message is not addressed to them anymore.
“I feel like a local embassy would work to stay in these places, but there shouldn’t be a limit to how far we could travel to visit a family member’s garden and make a socially distant visit.”
She added: “For us, I don’t see how I and my partner who drive five miles to visit a garden in Cardiff are less risky than going to Somerset to see my family since the trip is about one Lasts hour and we don’t need to stop anywhere on the way.
“If we are at risk like this, visiting households in Cardiff is certainly just as risky.
“I appreciate that this is a concrete example since we moved from Somerset to Cardiff, but I also know many people who grew up in South Wales and still live here, but more than eight kilometers from theirs after moving out Parents are removed.
“In times like these – especially after eleven weeks when there is no end in sight – a trip to visit a family is urgently needed and would improve our morale without end.”
The Welsh Government Council
The Welsh government’s guidance answers the question, “Why can’t I visit members of my family who live outside my region?”
The answer is, “You can leave your area to look after or help someone who needs them, such as an elderly person, a child, or a vulnerable adult. However, you should consider whether alternative sources of support are available.
“When considering whether to travel outside of your area, you should remember that we are all responsible for recognizing the risks the virus poses to ourselves, our families and friends, and our larger communities.
“People have to judge for themselves what is reasonable in accordance with this overriding principle.
“Please note that the purpose of the continued restrictions is to prevent the virus from spreading to those who are important to us.”
When asked about social bubbles during the Welsh Government’s daily briefing in Wales, NHS Wales General Manager Dr. Andrew Goodall that her focus is on the R number and “lowering the transmission rate in the community”.
He said keeping it low would allow them to make “more decisions” at the next review, scheduled for next week.
- 1 How social bubbles work and how they were successful in other countries:
- 2 Who is covered by the new regulations? in England?
- 3 What will they be able to do that they couldn’t do before?
- 4 How social bubbles worked in other parts of the world
- 5 Who could benefit from it?
- 6 What about households where both grandparents still live – can they now visit their children and grandchildren?
- 7 Can households form more than one bubble?
- 8 Do people have to officially register these bubble arrangements?
- 9 Is there a limit to the distance between households in a bubble?
- 10 What about vulnerable people who offer protection because of their age or health problems?
- 11 What about parents who are separated but are currently sharing childcare with the children moving between the two households?
- 12 What happens when someone develops coronavirus symptoms in a bladder?
Who is covered by the new regulations? in England?
Adults living alone or single parents with children under the age of 18.
Some examples of those who could benefit from “bubbling” are:
What will they be able to do that they couldn’t do before?
They can form a bubble with another household, which means that they are effectively treated as a single household in terms of the lockout rules.
That means they can visit each other indoors – if they want – stay overnight – and don’t have to adhere to the two-meter rule of social distance.
A new paper has found that meeting exclusive social networks of people (bubbles) during the coronavirus crisis can provide important support to isolated people or people with emotional or care needs.
The new report examines the use of bladders in New Zealand, where they were introduced as part of blocking measures in response to Covid-19.
The bubbles started out so small and exclusive – usually in a household – and could expand and merge as the transfer slowed down. New Zealand was one of the first countries to allow citizens to connect in mass bubbles in multiple households.
The researchers found that blisters effectively support people with complex childcare needs. They are also helpful in protecting some citizens from mental health problems and emotional suffering, which can be caused by isolation, by allowing individuals who live alone to first have another single household, later another big bladder, ” friends “.
The study found that blisters are an important way to recognize that many people do not live in a typical “nuclear household” and live alone, as a single parent, or with roommates.
Who could benefit from it?
Elderly people living alone could form a bubble with the household of an adult son or daughter, allowing them to visit and even hug their grandchildren for the first time since their closure.
Single parents could join forces with their own parents to share childcare responsibilities and bring grandparents and grandchildren back together.
Couples who do not live together can visit and stay together.
If half a couple shares an apartment or house with one or more other people, they can see their partner as long as they live alone. If their partner shares a house, they cannot see each other.
And if several people share an apartment or house and have all partners who live alone, only one can see their partner, which can lead to interesting conversations. This will affect a large number of young people living in cities.
What about households where both grandparents still live – can they now visit their children and grandchildren?
At this time only if your son or daughter is the only adult in the other household in the bladder. And if the grandparents have two or more children living alone, they have to choose between them.
Downing Street has recognized that not everyone will benefit from the change, although officials have hinted that the rules will ease further if the coronavirus outbreak continues to decrease.
Can households form more than one bubble?
No. The agreement must be exclusive without having to change the bladder partners.
Do people have to officially register these bubble arrangements?
No, it will be based on trust. No. 10 says the public has shown “great responsibility” in complying with the previous rules of social distancing.
Is there a limit to the distance between households in a bubble?
Again no, although officials suggest that people should try to “stay on site” if possible.
What about vulnerable people who offer protection because of their age or health problems?
At the moment, officials are saying it is too early to join the support bubbles.
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What about parents who are separated but are currently sharing childcare with the children moving between the two households?
It will go on like this. If the parents are the only adult in the household, they can form a bubble with another household – which means that the children may be in two bubbles, one for each parent.
All members of both households in the bladder must isolate themselves for 14 days.