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WATCH: The expansion of household bubbles explained

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THE States have clarified what the bubble allowance actually is, following some confusion from the public.

A video was shared on the States of Guernsey social media in an attempt to answer some of the questions that had been asked as bubbles begin to expand.

On 2 May 2020, Guernsey started Phase 2 of the lockdown exit plan.

Part of the relaxation of measures meant a household could join with another household to socialise, as long as they were in one of their properties, were well and did not display symptoms.

The States have released a video explaining the expansion of household bubbles as Guernsey progresses through lockdown exit strategy phases. (28289947)

Two weeks later, Guernsey moved to Phase 3 of the exit strategy, meaning the household bubble of two household could 'double up' so your bubble now contains four households.

This could be four single bubbles now joining together, two double bubbles or an initial joined bubble with two other single bubbles.

But, you cannot change who you initially bubbled up with.

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Social distancing is not required within your bubble of four households, meaning islanders within the bubble can sit together, hug and interact normally for as long as you like - as long as it is within a household property.

'We know choosing who to bubble with causes some difficult decisions for people having to decide who to pair with,' the States said.

The States have released a video explaining the expansion of household bubbles as Guernsey progresses through lockdown exit strategy phases. (28289941)

'But it's based on good reasons and facts, ultimately it is to stop the virus spreading - and if it does spread, to make it easier to trace any contacts and get it under control.'

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There are no restrictions on who you choose to bubble up with, including over-65s.

However, those with serious health conditions should carefully consider whether they think it is a good idea.

If a child spends time with parents who are separated in two households, they can each pair up in a bubble of four, the same way as everyone else and the child can still move between the two households.

The States have released a video explaining the expansion of household bubbles as Guernsey progresses through lockdown exit strategy phases. (28289936)

Children should not play with other children outside of their household bubble and extended bubbles cannot go outside together on walks, to the beach or to do other activities.

The States said: 'If we do this right together we have a greater chance of getting to the next phases quicker, and back to a more normal lifestyle.'

Zoe Fitch

By Zoe Fitch
News reporter

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