Carers: Coronavirus

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

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Photo of Alex Sobel Alex Sobel Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he has taken to ensure that sole carers can form support bubbles with households with more than one person.

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

If people live with their carer, in other words are not single adult households, then they should only form an exclusive support bubble with a single adult household. Households that are not in areas where local lockdown measures 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, including sole carers, to utilise their support network for a variety of reasons, although they should socially distance where possible and practical. 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 your 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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