People who live alone in England and Northern Ireland will be able to form a support bubble with another family starting on Saturday, in further easing of coronavirus insurance rules.
Adults who live alone will be allowed to visit someone else’s home and even be allowed to stay overnight.
In England, the rule also applies to single parents who have children under the age of 18.
This comes at a time when charities have warned of isolation, with the latest changes aimed at helping those who feel lonely.
The new measures open the possibility for grandparents who live alone to visit their grandchildren embrace for the first time since the closure began.
Couples who live separately will be able to approach each other again.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced earlier this week the latest easing of closure rules in England.
A person’s bubble with another family can be of any size and allows close physical contact, which means that people in the bubble should not stay within 2 meters.
But Johnson said that the support bubbles should be exclusive, which means that someone can only form a bubble with another family and cannot swap.
If symptoms of the coronavirus appear on anyone in the bubble, then everyone in the bubble must isolate themselves.
Northern Ireland has introduced a similar scheme, allowing people who live alone to make internal visits with another family.
Bubble measures in England or NI do not apply to protected persons.
In Scotland, The government is studying The idea, while the Welsh government reviews the next steps to break the embargo.
Among those looking to change on Saturday is Sarah Griffiths Hughes, 70, from Dorset, who has said she is looking to embrace her daughter for the first time in months.
She said: “It is the unit.” “I don’t think people realize how lonely we feel or feel fear.”
Also, starting on Saturday in NI State, the maximum number of people who can gather outside together has also been increased to 10. In England, this number is six, while it is eight in Scotland and unlimited in Wales.
The latest papers released by the UK government’s Scientific Advisory Committee on Emergencies (SIG) revealed that some experts last month urged “extreme caution” that allowing bubbles can cause “undesirable effects” – especially if accompanied by other restrictions being lifted.
She also warned of “significant potential risks” if large families were allowed to bubble together – although the new government rules apply only to single-person families or a single parent.
It comes before the next phase of easing the shutdown in England, as non-core stores prepare to reopen on Monday.
The stores at NI started the opening on Friday, as customers faced queuing systems and screens in the hills and store workers wore masks.
No dates have been set for reopening unnecessary stores in Scotland and Wales.
This comes after figures showed the UK economy contracted by 20.4% in April – the largest monthly contraction recorded.
Meanwhile, there are increasing calls for the government to topple the 2 million social spacing base in England, where Conservative Party lawmakers say it is necessary for the economy.
The government said it was constantly reviewing guidelines for closing the coronavirus.