Rule of 6 and Support Bubbles Explained

If you’re confused about the Rule of 6 that was introduced on September 14th to help stop the spread of Covid-19, have a read of our useful guide, which will make things clearer.

The Rule of 6 means you cannot meet in groups of more than 6 indoors or outdoors, simple as that. But is it? Well, no, because the regulations change alot and besides, there are exceptions to the Rule of 6. The website states that ‘any party of more than 6 people cannot have a holiday together unless they are from the same household or support bubble.’

So what does that mean? Actually, it’s relatively straightforward:

From the same household means exactly that; if you all live together you can go on holiday together. This can be one or two parents with however many children they have living with them. So, for example, two parents and 6 children makes a total of 8 people who can stay in the same holiday cottage.

From the same support bubble. 'A support bubble is a support network between a household with only one adult in the home (known as a single-adult household) and one other household of any size', as per A support bubble counts as one household, so the idea is that you don’t change who’s in your bubble.

A single adult household is obvious – a household where there’s only one adult, but that adult may have children and they are also included in the support bubble, provided that they were under 18 years of age on 12 June 2020. So a family of 2 parents and 3 children could form a support bubble with a single parent with 3 children, thus making a support bubble of 9 people. They can all holiday together.

If you share custody of children you can form a support bubble with another household other than the one that includes your child’s other parent. So, let’s say you’re a single adult with 2 children and you share custody of them with your ex-partner. This means the children can still see both parents and spend time at their different households, and you (and your kids) can still form a support bubble with another family. As an example, you might buddy up with your best friend and her family who could be two parents and four children, which means that your family of 3 and hers of 6 (a total of 9 people) can have a holiday together.

If you’re travelling from abroad certain rules and restrictions may apply so you should check before you book. It’s also a good idea to take out travel insurance which covers you if your holiday is affected because you have to self isolate or if you test positive for coronavirus.

Remember that our priority is the safety and well being of our guests, so we’d like to reassure you that our self catering accommodation carries the Visit England Good to Go mark. This means each property is subject to very strict health and hygiene procedures and is considered low risk. It is absolutely essential that you do your bit too.