But what are these social bubbles and how will they work?
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When can I see my family and friends again?
Brits could be allowed to reunite with loved ones using "bubble" arrangements under proposals being looked at to 'ease' the lockdown measures.
The government is looking at ways of letting people meet up with friends and family when lockdown restrictions are eventually relaxed.
People will get to choose a small group of friends and family to associate with, and will be under strict orders not to mix with anybody else.
These meet-ups will have to be outside for now.
A Downing Street spokesman confirmed that the UK plans to ‘adopt a four-nations’ approach’ to easing lockdown measures.
How would the government's social bubbles plan work?
Social bubbles could be limited to gatherings of up to ten people.
The bubbles will have to remain the same and no mixing with other social bubbles will be allowed.
The two-metre safe distance rule will still apply when spending time with people in your bubble.
Restrictions will stay in place and are not expected to be lifted for several weeks as the government sticks to trying to drive down Covid rates as low as possible.
Unfortunately, those who are at high risk of contracting COVID-19 will not be permitted to socialise in social bubbles.
Why is it safer to meet outdoors?
People will have to be in their social bubbles outdoors rather than inside.
Research has shown that it the virus is more likely to spread inside.
Boris Johnson’s official spokesman said: "Broadly the scientific and medical experts have been clear that there is less likelihood of transmission of this disease outdoors than indoors."
“That will obviously be something we are considering as part of the review."
How can I stay in touch with family and friends during lockdown?
Although families cannot physically be with each other in this time, technology has made it easier for us to all feel closer to each other.
- Zoom – Up-to a hundred people can partake in a video call on Zoom
- Houseparty – Allows users to congregate spontaneously with their friends via video hangout, to carry out their usual social activities
- Facetime – If you're looking for a more personal experience with a loved one, facetime will be your best option, it comes pre-installed if you have an iPhone, and you can use it internationally over a data connection, like WhatsApp.
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