FRIENDSHIP BUBBLE FOR UNDER 18 YEAR OLDS

HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE NEWLY ANNOUCNCED 'FRIENDSHIP BUBBLE' FOR CHILDREN AND TEENAGERS AGED 18 YEARS AND UNDER.


This morning I posted about the Friendship Bubble that children and teenagers under 18 years can form with two of their mates (3 children in total).


Here's what you need to know:

  • From 12 noon today, 21 September, people aged 18 years and under who live in stay-at-home areas and areas of concern across NSW will be able to create a bubble of three friends and visit each other’s homes for play and activity, subject to the following conditions:

  • Each child is allowed to have two designated friends come to their house. So if you have two children each of your children can have two friends.

  • These two friends must always be the same, creating a three-person “friends bubble”;

  • All people older than 18 years in all the households must be fully vaccinated;

  • The friends must reside in the same LGA or within 5km of each others homes if they live on the edge of a LGA border to enter another LGA.

  • If parents, grandparents or carers are dropping children off, they must not stay to interact with other parents or carers.

  • Children and teenagers do not need to be fully vaccinated, however all adults, in all homes of children engaging in the Friendship bubble arrangement do need to be fully vaccinated. *Adults are those over 18 years of age.

This I am sure is welcome news to many in our community. If you've got questions about how this new rule applies to your individual circumstances know you can call the Service NSW team on 13 77 88 (24/7) or reach out to me via direct message or email maitland@parliament.nsw.gov.au