Adults who live alone and lone parents and their children can now “team-up” with one other household when they feel they need support.
CoMin agreed the change yesterday following the announcement that the current COVID-19 measures will stay in place until at least 6 April.
A person living on their own, or a lone parent, will be allowed to have visitors from one other household team-up with them to provide practical or emotional support.
They will be able to receive the visitors from the other household into theirs, and conversely they will be able to visit the other household.
Any arrangement should be a reciprocal arrangement such that only two households at any time are teamed together. If there are other household members involved, they cannot select an additional third household.
The public are asked to recognise any interaction carries a risk and other than for vulnerable persons, lone parent families and those living on their own, there is no change to the prohibition on household mixing.
Anyone feeling unwell and displaying any COVID-19 symptoms should stay at home and call 111, and any household who has anyone isolating in it, cannot participate in any team arrangement until the isolation period has passed.