Prime Minister announces additional lockdown easing
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed additional relaxations to the COVID-19 lockdown.
Zoos, safari parks and outdoor drive-in cinemas have been added to the list of places able to open from Monday 15th June. Places of worship are also permitted to open for private prayer.
In addition, adults living alone in England, including single parents with children under 18, will be able to form a “support bubble” with one other household, the prime minister announced. The updated guidelines come into place from Saturday and are intended to ease the challenges of social isolation during the coronavirus lockdown.
Boris Johnson said the measures are a “targeted intervention” to help those who are most lonely.
“There are still too many people, particularly those who live by themselves, who are lonely and struggling,” he said.
Members of a bubble can stay overnight at each other’s home, and there is no need to stick to the two-metre social distancing rule. The relaxation of the rules does not include those who are shielding.
The bubbles will allow widowed grandparents to visit family members, or have their grandchildren to stay and will also allow single parents to get help with childcare from others.