Single Brits shielding still CAN'T hug families and must stay isolated, Govt says

MILLIONS of Brits shielding from coronavirus still can't hug family – and must stay isolated, the Government has tonight warned.

Boris Johnson announced that those living alone or single parents with children can create a "support bubble" with one other household.

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It will allow many who have been lonely or isolated during lockdown to hug their loved ones – as they no longer have to stay two metres apart.

But the Prime Minister said that the new rule does not apply to those who are shielding due to the "vulnerability of the virus".

He did however raise hopes that the measures could be reviewed again in the next couple of weeks.

Vulnerable and elderly Brits were finally allowed outside at the start of the month.

This enabled those shielding to see loved ones like children and grandchildren – but they would have to keep their 2m distance.

 

However this rule will still remain – despite the easing of the lockdown measures this weekend.

Those in the vulnerable category include organ transplant recipients, those on chemotherapy, kidney dialysis patients and those with severe respiratory conditions.

The move is the latest in a series of “baby steps” to ease the restrictions imposed on March 23.

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