SUPPORT bubbles are set to stay in place during the second national lockdown - but shielding will not resume.
Boris Johnson announced the latest rules about how people's support networks will work in the 6.45pm press conference this evening.
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Mr Johnson said: "Single adult households can still form exclusive support bubbles."
He added: "I know how tough shielding was and we will not ask people to shield again in the same way.
"But we are asking those who are clinically extremely vulnerable to minimise their contact with others and not to go to work if they are able to work from home."
England will be plunged back into a four-week national lockdown from Thursday in an attempt to suppress the surging number of coronavirus cases.
Anyone who lives alone at the moment will be able to form a new support bubble with another household.
A support bubble is defined by the government as "a close support network between one household with only one adult in the home (known as a single-adult household) and one other household of any size".
Any lone parent with kids under 18 is classed as single and is eligible to be in a support bubble.
A single adult living on their own, even if they have carers, can also form a support bubble with another household.
Tonight, Boris Johnson announced the second national lockdown.
All pubs and restaurants will close in the huge lockdown U-turn - four months after the end of the first UK-wide shutdown.
Schools and universities are set to stay open during the four week lockdown.
This comes as Britain today passed one million Covid-19 cases after 21,915 more people positive for the bug.
The total number of infections in the UK hit 1,011,660 today.
Yesterday, infections grew by 24,405 in Britain, as another 274 people died.
Today's rise in cases is slightly smaller than it was last Saturday, when the tally rose by 23,012.
The Saturday before that, however, the figure was 16,167.