THE Government introduced a new tiered lockdown system on October 12 that sees some areas face extra restrictions.
With parts of the country being given a high or very high risk alert level, there are concerns over if you can form a support bubble in the two highest-risk tiers, two and three.
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What is a support bubble?
A support bubble is the linking of one single-adult household and another household of any size.
A single-adult household is a household which includes just one adult.
People who have formed a support-bubble together can mix freely in their households, have overnight stays and visit public places together.
An example of a support bubble would be someone who lives alone linking up with their parents, while living in separate homes.
The Government advises people should try and form bubbles within the same area.
Can you form a support bubble in Tier 2?
It is fine to form a support bubble in Tier Two.
However, the Rule of Six still applies in any tier – so if your support bubble contains more than six people you should not meet all at once.
But it’s fine to meet with people from your support bubble in groups of appropriate sizes.
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Can you form a support bubble in Tier 3?
In Tier Three mixing between households is banned – but support bubbles are exempt.
The government website states: “People must not meet with anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor or outdoor setting, whether at home or in a public space.”
In any tier, it is imperative that all support bubble members take appropriate action if someone in the group develops symptoms or receives a positive test result.