Coronavirus: Disease Control

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 22nd July 2020.

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Photo of Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw Labour, Exeter

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Prime Minister's oral contribution of 23rd June 2020, Official Report, column 1180, how Government covid-19 guidance permits family and friends to perform childcare for people ineligible to form social bubbles with social distancing measures still in force.

Photo of Nadine Dorries Nadine Dorries Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Households that are not in areas where local lockdown measures are in place can meet in groups of up to two households in any location or in any setting (or a household support bubble if they have one) and this includes staying overnight. This allows for people to provide childcare. They should socially distance where possible and practical but should also provide necessary care to children including where this requires being within two metres. When doing this they should take particular care to maintain excellent hygiene – washing hands and surfaces – when using shared facilities like bathrooms.

Guidance on meeting people from outside of the household has been published and can be accessed at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/meeting-people-from-outside-your-household

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