The Rule of 6 and Support Bubbles
We’ve produced our guide to The Rule of 6 and Support Bubbles to clarify re the latest restrictions introduced to help stop the spread of coronavirus. From Monday 14th September 2020 it became unlawful to meet in groups of more than 6 people indoors or outdoors. Only it's not quite that simple, because as with most things, there are exceptions.
On the Gov.uk website they say that as from 14th September any party of more than 6 people cannot have a holiday together unless they are from the same household or support bubble.
Oh, so what does that mean exactly?
From the same household
That’s the easy bit - if you’re a family of more than 6 from one household, no problem, you can all go on holiday together just as you normally would. So, you might be two parents with 8 children (a total of 10 people) who all live in the same house, so you can therefore go on holiday together.
From the same support bubble
This is where it gets a bit more complicated. As per gov.uk. a support bubble is a support network between a household with only one adult in the home (known as a single-adult household) and one other household of any size. If you form a support bubble you can think of it as one household, but you shouldn’t change who’s in your bubble.
'Single adult' means exactly that - either a single person who lives alone, or a single parent with children who were under 18 years of age on 12 June 2020.
As an example, a family of two parents and 4 children could form a support bubble with a single parent with 4 children, making a support bubble of 11 people in total.
If you share custody of children you can form a support bubble with another household other than the one that includes your child’s other parent. This means you could be a single adult with three children and you share custody of them with your ex partner. The children still get to see both parents and spend time at their different households, and you (and your kids) can still form a support bubble with another family – so for example, you might buddy up with your sister’s family who could be two parents and four children, or you might have a new partner who has children. Either way it means you can all go on holiday together.
If you really want to change your support bubble (you can't just do this willy-nilly or for a holiday) the government advice is to avoid close contact with your existing bubble or other people for 14 days before forming your new bubble. If someone in your bubble develops symptoms or tests positive you all have to follow the stay at home guidance
Be aware that If you’re travelling from abroad certain rules and restrictions may apply so we advise that you check this before you book. We also advise that you take out travel insurance which covers you if your holiday is affected because you have to self isolate or if you test positive for coronavirus.
Please remember that the safety and well being of our guests is our top priority, so our cottages in Devon have the Visit England Good to Go mark which means they are subject to very strict hygiene protocols and are considered low risk. We ask that you please do your bit too - thank you.