Single adult households will be able to form 'support bubbles' with one other household, Boris Johnson announces
From Saturday 13 June, people living alone will be allowed to meet with one other household. This also includes single parents with children under the age of 18.
Those in the "support bubbles" will not need to maintain social distancing measures.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the latest adjustments to the lockdown measures during the daily briefing after explaining that the government's five tests were being met.
"There are too many people, particularly those who live by themselves who are lonely and struggling with being unable to see friends and family. From this weekend, we will allow single adult households - adults living alone or single parents with children under 18 - to form a support bubble with one other household," he said during the press conference.
"All those in a support bubble will be able to act as if they live in the same household meaning they can spend time together in each other's homes and do not need to stay two metres apart."
However, Mr Johnson warned that once the bubbles are formed, they must remain exclusive.
He said: "Support bubbles must be exclusive meaning you can't switch the household you are in a bubble with or connect with multiple households. If any member in the support bubble develops symptoms, all members of the bubble will need to follow the normal advice on household isolation."
"It's a targeted intervention to limit the most harmful effects of the current social restrictions. it is not designed for people who don't qualify to start meeting inside other people's homes because that remains against the law," he added.
The prime minister went on to say that those who are shielding "can't form a support bubble at this stage" but that more information will be revealed in the coming weeks.