Informal caring arrangements for vulnerable adults will be allowed in local areas under current restrictions in England which ban household mixing, the government has announced.
The exemption means that a relative or friend can care for a child or vulnerable adult from a different household.
Interhousehold mixing is currently banned in some areas under local restrictions, including parts of the North West, North East, and Bolton and Leicester.
But from today ‘care bubbles’ will be able to form in areas of intervention, to allow families to share caring responsibilities with another household.
The government said it recognises that the current restriction of interhousehold mixing in areas of local intervention could cause hardship for families, and may affect the ability of essential workers to do their job.
Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock, said: “I have listened to concerns that have been raised around the ban on interhousehold mixing in place for local areas of intervention, and have now introduced a provision for those looking after children under the age of 14. Informal care can also continue for vulnerable adults.
“I truly sympathise with everyone who lost those vital extra hands to care for a child or loved one, and I hope that this eases their burden.”
This exemption will come into force for all areas under current restrictions to ban household mixing, and all future areas.