Coronavirus UK: Government plans to expand contact groups and small marriages may be allowed

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The government plans to allow people to socialize in “bubbles”, which will include another household, and also plans to allow people to gather in slightly larger groups for weddings, according to new guidelines.

This means that the British could finally be allowed to see their parents or grandparents from June 1, the earliest date on which the new bubble system could be introduced.

Households would name another household and could socialize exclusively within this larger group.

It is based on the New Zealand model of “double bubbles” for households where a single “bubble” represents the people with whom you live.

But if the coronavirus still spreads too quickly by June 1, the bubble system will be delayed. Britons may also be forced to choose between relatives who live in separate households.

The government is also examining whether small marriages could be allowed from next month on, as it examines how to allow people to meet in larger groups.

He is also looking into whether he can expand the definition of “household” to allow people to reconnect with close family members in “bubbles” from next month.

The section of the report describing the “bubbles” plan which could come into effect on June 1

The section of the report describing the “bubbles” plan which could come into effect on June 1

In a footnote, the roadmap explains how three households would not be allowed to mix.

In a footnote, the roadmap explains how three households would not be allowed to mix.

The government is considering whether it can safely allow an expanded definition of

The government is considering whether it can safely allow an expanded definition of “household” to allow people to reconnect with close family members. In the photo, a family at their home in North London

The government has said it “is considering a range of options to reduce the most damaging social effects” of restrictive foreclosure measures in a section called Social and family contact.

‘Bubbles’ could allow two households to share childcare, freeing up more people to return to work, he adds, although the potential effects of this on transmission rates are to be examined .

A proposed idea being considered by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) is whether it is safe to change the rules to allow a household to expand and include another household in the same group .

This suggests that a family with children would be able to incorporate a set of grandparents into their family group, for example.

School lovers Ben Jackson, 25, and Sophie Austin, 26, of Croydon, got engaged in August 2018, but their dream wedding, scheduled for March 28, was canceled due to the pandemic of coronavirus. They decided to get married on the zoom instead

School lovers Ben Jackson, 25, and Sophie Austin, 26, of Croydon, got engaged in August 2018, but their dream wedding, scheduled for March 28, was canceled due to the pandemic of coronavirus. They decided to get married on the zoom instead

But, in a footnote, the document indicates that several groups of households are not allowed, saying: “If household A merges with B, household B cannot also choose to belong to a group with household C.

“It would create a chain that would allow the virus to spread widely. “

The document states that this method could allow the isolation of more social contacts and reduce the loneliness and social damage from the current restrictions while limiting the spread of the virus.

The roadmap indicates that the government is also considering how to organize “small weddings”.

During the second stage – which must be done no earlier than June 1 – it is said that officials “are considering how to allow people to come together in slightly larger groups to better facilitate small marriages”.

But he said places of worship could be closed until July 4 at the earliest, depending on whether they can properly apply social distancing measures.

All social events, including marriages but excluding funerals, were halted when the government announced foreclosure measures on March 23.

Before that, the Church of England restricted marriages during the epidemic to a maximum of five people, including the bride and groom.

Justice Secretary Robert Buckland said on Sunday evening that there may be a change in the rules for marriages, saying to “look at this space”.

The proposed extended household idea is based on a New Zealand government model of household “bubbles”.

New Zealand government guidelines state that a “bubble” is a group of people with whom you may have contact, and outside of an immediate household it can be extended to include close family, carers or for support isolated people.

In New Zealand’s tightest lockdown phase, their “bubbles” were limited to their households.

WHEN WILL WEDDINGS BE ALLOWED?

The government is examining whether small marriages could take place from next month, since it plans to allow people to meet in larger groups.

The second step – which must be done no earlier than June 1 – indicates that officials are examining how people can come together in “large groups to facilitate small marriages”.

But he said places of worship could be closed until July 4 at the earliest, depending on whether they can apply social distancing measures.

Justice Secretary Robert Buckland said on Sunday evening that there may be a change in the rules for marriages, saying to “look at this space”.

Those who live alone can socialize with another isolated person in the same neighborhood.

During New Zealand’s gradual exit from the lockdown, their bubble concept expanded to include one or two more people.

The guide advises to keep the bubble local and small, and to consider the risks for all vulnerable people within the bubble group.

The document says, “Over the next few weeks, the government will be looking into the nature and timing of measures at this stage, to explore the widest possible range of views on how best to balance health and economic impacts. and social.

“As restrictions continue, the government is considering a range of options to reduce the most harmful social effects in order to make the measures more sustainable.

“For example, the government has asked SAGE to examine whether, when and how it can safely change the regulations to allow people to expand their household group to include another household in the same exclusive group.

“The intention of this change would be to allow those who are isolated a little more social contact, and to reduce the most harmful effects of current social restrictions, while continuing to limit the risk of chains of transmission. It would also help some families return to work by, for example, allowing two households to share custody of the children. “

Buckland told Westminster Hour on BBC Radio 4: “You will be pleased to know that we are concerned with the issue of marriages. “

But, there is no reference in the new document to vacationing abroad – suggesting that it is out of the agenda for a long time.

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