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Couples who live apart may be allowed to meet during second lockdown restrictions, as the government works on redefining social bubbles.
Boris Johnson announced today England will be under a second lockdown for a month starting from Thursday at 12.01am and ending on December 2.
Under the rules, people are asked to stay at home unless they are going to an educational setting, work – if they cannot work from home – and to buy food and essential items.
Individuals are told they can only meet one other person outside, adhering to social distancing rules, and the Rule of Six has been axed under the second lockdown rules.
Also, those who live alone, single parents or those in need of care and support, are allowed to form a household bubble with another person or household.
Currently, couples who don't live together in large areas of the UK can only visit each other's homes if one of them is a single household under the strict definition of a social bubble, The Sun reports.
However, Downing Street has reportedly ordered officials to work on a new policy to widen the scope of who can form social bubbles, the paper writes.
This will then allow couples to continue seeing each other under the restrictions, if to go ahead.
The changes, plotted by No10 aides, would allow people in Tier 2 and Tier 3 areas to choose a person in another household to form a 'social bubble' allowing them to hook up through the winter. This may also include the new second national lockdown restrictions the prime minister announced on Saturday.
Regional lockdowns, Tiers 1, 2 and 3, will be replaced by a second national lockdown during the four weeks, and it's expected they will then go back to their existing tiers after December 2, reports suggest.
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- Boris Johnson
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