Two households MAY COME from next week, but larger ‘bubble’ reunions of family and friends are delayed
Friends and family could start meeting outside next week as part of government plans to further ease the block and socialize two households together.
Ministers are said to have made plans for households to meet in “bubbles” that would allow physical contact after expert modeling suggested this could lead to a spike in the coronavirus.
Instead, they consider a plan that allows people to see more of their loved ones in person, but with social distance still present, meaning that hugs and handshakes remain prohibited.
However, the scheme, which could roll out June 1 at the start of Boris Johnson’s second easing phase, could force households to nominate the friends or family they are allowed to see.
Limiting interactions to just two households would likely result in many people making difficult choices about who to nominate.
Boris Johnson, pictured on Downing Street on May 25, plans to begin the second phase of the lockdown easing from June 1
Ministers are believed to be considering plans to have two households meet outside. Depicted are people enjoying the sun in East London on 26 May
The prime minister saw his party’s ratings drop four points a week in Dominic Cummings’ line, while support for Labor has risen five points, according to a YouGov survey for the Times
Civil war tory over Dominic Cummings rages amid slump
The Tory civil war over Dominic Cummings escalated again today when a Member of Parliament accused his colleagues of ‘not expressing confidence’ in Boris Johnson by demanding his chief adviser resign.
Devizes MP Danny Kruger accused the party’s ‘one wing’ of ‘go-bonkers’ and compared the alleged lockdown offense to ‘the invasion of Suez’.
But in a sign of the depth of the devastating divide, former health secretary Jeremy Hunt has insisted that Mr. Cummings “clearly” broke the rules.
The clashes came when the Tories saw their poll lead cut by nine points a week – believed to be the biggest drop in a decade.
The prime minister has seen his party’s ratings drop four points in the middle of the line, while support for Labor has risen five points, according to a YouGov survey for the Times.
The findings will set off another alarm on Downing Street as they try desperately to release the controversy.
But there is little chance of postponement, as this afternoon Mr Johnson is faced with a grin from senior MPs on this issue.
Current lockdown rules require you to meet another person outside your household outside the home as long as you are two feet apart.
The new plan, first reported by The Times, would allow two households to come into contact with each other, although it is unclear whether everyone could be present in every household. This could enable people to see their parents at the same time, for example something that prohibits existing restrictions.
It could also see people getting the green light to invite their partner family to visit them in a private garden.
However, new guidelines are likely to be issued outlining how guests should walk through the house if that is the only route to the garden.
Coronavirus is believed to spread more easily indoors than outdoors, and there are concerns that the garden facility can be abused, with people entering at a meeting.
The plan was reportedly discussed Monday at a cabinet meeting this week. Secretary of State Dominic Raab is said to have expressed concern that the two households’ plan could be seen as a “barbecue clause.”
The ‘bubble’ plan was originally supposed to be included in the first wave of lockdown easing announced by the prime minister, but was halted after scientists said the potential impact needed to be better understood.
New expert modeling, prepared by the government’s Scientific Emergency Group (SAGE), would have shown that allowing households to go into a ‘bubble’ could lead to a new outbreak and is currently not possible.
Ministers are now taking a more targeted approach that they hope will help people who have been isolated during the crisis.
A potential requirement for households to nominate the other household they want to be linked to can cause major headaches.
If the scheme is limited to only two households, parents may be forced to choose which of their adult children to meet.
It is also unclear how such an arrangement could work in situations where people can share with different groups of friends.
Experts have warned that the government’s contact tracking should take place before any further easing of the locking measures.
It is now thought that the initiative will go live tomorrow, allowing the Prime Minister to continue with changes in the second phase, such as the phased reopening of primary schools and nonessential stores.
The contact tracking schedule will see people who have been in contact with someone for more than 15 minutes who then tested positive for detecting the disease and is told to isolate themselves for 14 days.
We hope this would stop a second wave by breaking the transmission chain early.
Ministers have already stressed that the contact tracking program will only work if people are told to isolate it.
Health Minister Matt Hancock told the Downing Street Daily Press Conference last night that people have a “civic duty” to remove themselves from society when asked to do so by the program.
“People do this, they don’t do it for me, people do this for their loved ones,” he said.
‘If you are called and asked to isolate yourself, even if you are perfectly healthy because you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, it is your civic duty to isolate yourself for yourself, for your community, for you family.
“We all need to come together to do this and that in turn will enable us to lift some of the measures that are currently general measures across society and be general measures until we take the NHS test- and tracking system set up and running and in place. ‘