What is a support bubble, and can I be part of one?
A support bubble is when an isolated person from one household has close contact with one other household. In a support bubble, also called a paired household, the 2 households can meet indoors, even though they do not live together. This is described as an extended household.
There are special rules about who can form a support bubble. You can only form a support bubble if you:
- Live alone
- Live alone with children under the age of 18
- Share parenting or custody arrangements
- Live with an adult you provide care for
- Live by yourself and have a carer or carers who support you, including a live-in carer
Remember that support bubbles can only include 2 households. This means that you cannot:
- Have close contact with anyone else outside your bubble
- Join a bubble if the other household is already in a bubble with someone else
- Be in multiple support bubbles
You can travel outside of your 5km radius to meet with your support bubble. However, you should try to form a bubble within your 5km radius, where possible.
Read more about what to do if someone in your bubble gets COVID-19 on gov.ie.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, you can find comprehensive integrated information online at citizensinformation.ie/covid19/ and you can get daily updates on what’s changed on Twitter at @citizensinfo. You can also get information and advice from:
- The Citizens Information Phone Service: Call 0761 07 4000, Monday to Friday, 9am – 8pm
- Our national call back service: Visit citizensinformation.ie/callback to request a phone call from an information officer
Citizens Information Centres are currently not open to drop-in callers. You can contact your local centre by phone or email for information and advice.