The Prime Minister has announced that lockdown rules in England will be eased from Saturday for adults living alone and single parents with children under the age of 18.
They will be able to form what the Prime Minister is calling a “support bubble” with another household.
It means that a grandparent can go and stay with their grandchildren and no longer have to social distance, or a couple who have been kept apart by lockdown can spend the night together, or a single parent can link up with their own parents or a friend.
The rules say you can only choose one other household for your bubble. But you won’t have to register that as it’s being done on trust. Boris Johnson said the measure was to help those who’ve been particularly lonely during lockdown.
The Labour Leader Keir Starmer has renewed calls for a national taskforce to get schools in England up and running again. Speaking in the Commons he said the government’s plans were ‘in tatters’. The Prime Minister said there was a very big plan to get all pupils back to school by September and that the government would give more details next week about a summer catch up programme.
Meanwhile a leading scientist who advised the government has said that half the deaths from coronavirus could have been avoided if the lockdown had been introduced earlier.
Sophie Raworth presents BBC News at Ten reporting by Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg and Education Editor Branwen Jeffreys.
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