What is a social bubble
During the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to limit the number of people you have close contact with. You can do this by creating a social bubble.
Your bubble is the group of people you choose to have close contact with during the pandemic. It includes:
- the people you live with; and
- others you choose to spend time with regularly.
This can help reduce the spread of the virus. Vaccination also helps make it safer for people to bubble together.
The difference between social bubbles and social gatherings
Social gatherings are:
- events that happen in private homes or public spaces such as parks; and
- can include people from inside and outside of your bubble.
If you gather with anyone who is not in your bubble, you should keep a 2-metre distance from them all the time. This distance will help protect you and others from COVID-19.
Number of people in your bubble
It’s important that your bubble stays consistent and small. This will help lower the risk of spreading COVID-19.
Your bubble should:
- include no more than 20 people; and
- those 20 people should come from no more than 5 different households.
Creating your bubble
Your bubble starts with people:
- you live with; and
- who regularly come into your household.
Everyone in a household should be part of the same bubble.
Keeping your bubble consistent and safe
You should only be part of 1 bubble. We strongly encourage you to keep your bubble to a consistent group. This will help:
- lower the chance that you or someone else will get COVID-19; and
- make it easier for us to contact trace if someone does get sick.
Who you can have close contact with
- You can be in close contact with everyone in your bubble.
- You should keep 2 metres away from people outside of your bubble.
What you should avoid
- You should not make frequent changes to your bubble.
- You should not mix with people in another bubble.
If anyone in your bubble has symptoms
All members of your social bubble should closely monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19. Anyone in your bubble who has symptoms of COVID-19 should:
- self-isolate in their home; and
- complete the online self-assessment or phone 811 to find out whether they should be tested for COVID-19.
If your bubble's not safe
If your bubble is not safe, or if you know someone in your community who may be at risk, you and they can get help. For more information, visit the mental health and wellness support during COVID-19 webpage.
Sexualized Assault Response Team
Contact the Sexualized Assault Response Team 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for support and services.