Support bubbles

A support bubble is a support network which links two households.

Making a support bubble

You have to meet certain eligibility rules to form a support bubble. This means not everyone will be able to form a bubble.

Please note:

  • It is against the law to form a support bubble if you do not follow these rules.
  • You are permitted to leave your home to visit your support bubble (and to stay overnight with them).

You can form a support bubble with another household of any size if:

  • You live by yourself – even if carers visit you to provide support.
  • You are the only adult in your household who does not need continuous care as a result of a disability.
  • Your household includes a child who is under the age of one or was under that age on 2 December 2020.
  • Your household includes a child with a disability who requires continuous care and is under the age of 5, or was under that age on 2 December 2020.
  • You are aged 16 or 17 living with others of the same age and without any adults.
  • You are a single adult living with one or more children who are under the age of 18 or were under that age on 12 June 2020.

You should not form a support bubble with a household that is part of another support bubble.

Advice for unpaid carers

You can form a support bubble if:

  • You (whether under 18 or not) are the only individual in your household who does not need continuous care as a result of a disability
  • You (whether under 18 or not) live with one or more persons who need continuous care as a result of a disability, you do not have a disability but you also live with others who do not have disabilities, of which only one is over 18

You should not form a support bubble with a household that is part of another support bubble.

Check the latest support bubble guidance for unpaid carers on Gov.uk

Support bubble