Brits fear new lockdown social bubble rule will 'split families'

#PickAParent! Baffled Britons admit they’re confused over new lockdown rule as they flood social media to joke about choosing a ‘favourite family member’ to invite into their social bubble

  • Brits will be permitted to meet with one person from outside their household
  • But many have been left puzzled and anxious over which family member to pick
  • One person tweeted: ‘I think the new lockdown rules are going to split families’
  • Another commented: ‘This is asking parents to pick their favourite child!’
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

Baffled Britons have admitted they’ve been left confused over picking their ‘favourite family member’ to join their social bubble amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

From Wednesday, people from across England will be permitted to meet with one person from outside their household in an outdoor setting, as long as they maintain social distancing, and in June, they could be permitted to mix with another household in a ‘bubble’.

But Boris Johnson’s latest guidelines have left many struggling to make the difficult decision over who they should see, with one person joking: ””Sorry Mum, I’m going to see Dad today!” I can’t believe our government are asking people to pick between parents.

‘Surely it’s okay to meet two if they live in the same house.’ 

Baffled people from across the UK have taken to social media  as they admit they’re struggling to pick family members to meet up with during the coronavirus lockdown 

One person commented: ‘My mum trying to choose between seeing her parents, her daughter, or her son, daughter-in-law and grandchild.’

Another shared a pondering emoji, questioning: ‘Which parent to pick?’ 

Meanwhile one added: ‘Well you can meet with one parent on your own, in a park 2 metres away from each other…You just have to pick one.’ 

The Government is considering allowing people to socialise in ‘bubbles’, which will include one other household, and is also examining letting people gather in slightly larger groups for weddings, new guidance says. 





Brits have taken to Twitter in their floods, with many concerned over having to ‘pick favourites’ for the social bubbles 

It means that Britons could finally be allowed to see their parents or grandparents from June 1, the earliest date under which the new bubble scheme could be introduced.

Under the current social distancing rules, from Wednesday people will be permitted to meet up with one person from outside their household, as long as they are outside and maintain social distancing. It leaves the delicate task of deciding which invdividual friend or family member to choose. 

And from June 1 – if the rate of spread of the virus (the R number) is deemed low enough by scientists – households would nominate one other household and could socialise exclusively within that larger group.  

Many have taken to social media with their fear over the new guidelines, with one person commenting: ‘You can now meet one family member/friend at a time outdoors as part of the relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions.

‘Everyone will now have confirmed who is the favourite child as mum or dad are forced to choose who they meet up with first. Good luck parents…’ 

Another wrote: ‘Am I hell going back to work before seeing my family. Nope, not happening. Also, at what point is it okay to single out your “favourite” member of a household? 

‘And what if you’re not theirs?? Aaaah government.’

One commented: ‘One thing I don’t get is the social bubble. We’re 3 girls living together, different friends, different family. Two of us are in a relationship. How are we supposed to choose only one other household to mix with? And like us, many others that rent and share are in the same situation.

‘Like obviously I don’t want to spread and put other people in danger, but how can we choose which family/person all three of us are allowed to mix with when we don’t have the same friends/family?’ 

‘”Expanded household”,’ one commented, ‘My mum gets to pick her favourite child.’ 

One parent commented: ‘So if I can visit only one person from one household…I’m going to have to pick a favourite child aren’t I?’

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