Britons could be allowed to reunite with loved ones using "bubble" arrangements under proposals to ease the lockdown.
Ministers are looking at ways of letting people meet up with friends and family when lockdown restrictions are eventually eased.
Under the arrangements, people will be able choose a small number of friends and family to mix with, outdoors for the time being, and will be under strict orders not to mix with anybody else.
People could also be allowed to leave their homes more often and for longer periods of time.
The proposals are being considered by the government to introduce a "new normal" to the way Britain operates socially.
When will social bubbles be introduced?
The ease in restrictions are not expected to take place just yet as the government continues to adhere to scientific advice to slow the spread of COVID-19.
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How will social bubbles work?
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who is involved in UK-wide decision-making through the COBRA system, unveiled a document explaining the potential new rules.
She suggested there could be a change in the rules to allow "meeting up with a small defined group" of other people in a "sort of bubble arrangement".
The number of people they can mix with has not been decided yet, but they would not be permitted to mix social bubbles.
This could mean some family members and friends will have to face tough choices deciding which bubble they want to be a part of.
The Scottish government paper said: "We are considering if and how we could make changes to allow people to meet with a small number of others (the number is under consideration) outside their own household in a group or 'bubble' that acts as a single, self-contained unit, without connections to other households or 'bubbles'.
The prime minister's official spokesman also confirmed the possibility of easing restrictions outdoors was under consideration among ministers.
He also highlighted evidence showing "there is less likelihood of transmission of this disease outdoors thaRead More – Source