You probably have a COVID-19 “bubble” and don’t know it. It could be your group of close friends, your extended family members, your neighbors or even your co-workers.
A “bubble” is an unofficial term used to describe the cluster of people outside your household with whom you feel comfortable spending time during the pandemic.
A quarantine bubble is a group of individuals or families whose members have been safely quarantining and who can now start hanging out with other observant groups, so long as the families observe safety guidelines and agree to be exclusive.
If you see someone posting on social media that they’re going to parties or other large group gatherings, or not wearing a mask when they’re out of the home, don’t bubble with them.
In England, single adults living alone — or single parents whose children are under 18 — can form a support bubble with one other household.