Gatherings of 6 and Support Bubbles Explained

We’ve produced our guide Gatherings of 6 and Support Bubbles Explained to help straighten out any confusion around the latest restrictions introduced to help stop the spread of coronavirus. From Monday 14th September 2020 the law is that you cannot meet in groups of more than 6 indoors or outdoors. It’s supposed to be that simple, but of course, there are exceptions. We look to the official Gov.uk website for clarification and what they say is that as from 14th September any party of more than 6 people cannot have a holiday together unless they are from the same household or support bubble. In England that includes children of all ages, in Wales it doesn’t include children aged 11 years or younger.

Okay, so let’s look at that a bit closer:

From the same household

That’s straightforward - if you’re a family of more than 6 from one household, no problem, you can all go on holiday together just as you normally would. Bear in mind that in England that group of 6 includes the kids, in Wales it doesn’t. 

Example – England: Two parents with 8 children (a total of 10 people) who all live in the same household can go on holiday together.

Example – Wales: Three families could holiday together if the entire party consisted of three couples with three or more children all younger than 11. (a total of 15+ people)

From the same support bubble

What does that mean exactly? Well, if you didn’t know already, a support bubble, as per gov.uk. is a support network between a household with only one adult in the home (known as a single-adult household) and one other household of any size. If you form a support bubble you can then think of it as one household, but here’s the thing – you shouldn’t really change who’s in your bubble.

That single adult thing, clarification please. Single people who live alone, obviously, or single parents with children who were under 18 years of age on 12 June 2020 count.

Example: A family of two parents and 4 children could form a support bubble with a single parent with 4 children, making a support bubble of 11.

What if you share custody of children? You can form a support bubble with another household other than the one that includes your child’s other parent. So, imagine this scenario – you’re a single adult with three children and your ex partner and you share custody of them. That’s fine, the children can still see both parents and spend time at their different households, and you (and your kids) can still form a support bubble with another family – so for example, you might buddy up with your sister’s family who could be two parents and four children. So, that’s 6 from their family and 4 from yours, 10 of you who can all go on holiday together.

What if you want to change your support bubble? The government advice is to avoid close contact with your existing bubble or other people for 14 days before forming your new bubble. Be aware that if someone in your bubble develops symptoms or tests positive you all have to follow the stay at home guidance

Now the other confusing thing is that Gov.uk say when meeting with groups of people you do not live with you can socialise in groups of up to 6. You should maintain social distancing with people you don’t live with. PASC’s (The Professional Association of Self Caterers) interpretation of this is that the group of 6 could come from as many as 6 different households but if they do, they should socially distance whilst on holiday.

Be aware that If you’re travelling from abroad certain rules and restrictions may apply so we advise that you check this before you book. We also advise that you take out travel insurance which covers you if your holiday is affected because you have to self isolate or if you test positive for coronavirus.

And very importantly, remember that the safety and well being of our guests is our priority, so our big group accommodation carries the Visit England Good to Go mark which means each property is subject to very strict hygiene procedures and is considered low risk. Please do your bit too.

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