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What is a “double bubble” during the pandemic?

As coronavirus prevention efforts are starting to ease, people are itching to reunite with family and friends. One solution used in Canada is called a “double bubble.” A double bubble is a way to expand one’s household bubble slowly and, hopefully, safely.

In parts of Canada that are easing coronavirus restrictions, people are allowed to join double bubbles. One household bubble joins another household bubble to start mingling without social distancing. Two household bubbles, thus, equals one larger bubble. 

But there are rules to forming a double bubble. You’re only allowed to be part of one double bubble. Once you pick another household to see, that’s it. It’s an exclusive relationship both households must agree to, and it can be hard for many people who have multiple households they want to see.

“I hope that this will help reduce some of the social isolation we all feel,” Dr. Janice Fitzgerald, the chief medical officer of health for Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada, told Global News. “Especially those living alone.”

However, social distancing and limiting interaction with those outside of your bubble is still recommended. And for those who are more at-risk, even expanding to a double bubble is risky.

Sources: Washington Post, Global News Canada, CBC Canada


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