Here is how the singles bubble is going to work.
The Greater Sydney lockdown has been incredibly tough on almost everyone but especially so for people who live alone.
Despite all the provisions, it was increasingly clear that the mental health of people living alone was sadly left out of the equation.
But today, in possibly the only positive news, the NSW Government has announced a singles bubble. This comes as welcome news as the State prepares itself for another long month of lockdown.
But what exactly is the singles bubble and how does it work?
In simple terms, if you live alone, you are now able to nominate one person who can visit you during lockdown. Premier Gladys Berejiklian made it clear that there can only be one specific person and this nomination cannot change so you’ll want to choose wisely.
“You cannot have a different person every day,” she said.
There are now eight Sydney LGAs that have stricter restrictions imposed upon them. Fairfield, Canterbury-Bankstown, Liverpool, Blacktown and Cumberland have already been identified as areas of concern and now Parramatta, Georges River and Campbelltown LGAs will be joining them.
The singles bubbles will come into effect from 12.01 on Saturday, July 31. There are, however, other important stipulations to remember before you heave a sigh of relief. If you live in one of the 8 earlier mentioned LGAs, your nominated person must be within a 10 kilometre radius of your residence.
If you live outside of these eight LGAs, you cannot nominate someone who lives in those areas.
Basically the singles bubble allows you to have one friend, and one friend only, over from time to time. A similar bubble was introduced and stayed in place for Victoria for much of last year.
“In the last few days, it would have not been possible for us to get out of lockdown tomorrow or Friday and given also the advice, it would not have been realistic for the NSW government to make a decision in the next two weeks given where we are today,” the Premier said.