The plans mean couples could be reunited after being kept apart by restrictions and some grandparents will be able to hug their grandchildren from Saturday.
From this Saturday 13 June, a single-adult household can form a support bubble with one other household and behave as though they live together - they will be able to spend time in each other's homes, can stay overnight and will not need to follow the two-metre rule.
Others said that they would soon be allowed to visit shopping centres from next Monday when non-essential stores reopen, but still can not see their relatives.
For 11 weeks, an estimated 8 million children have been out of school as principals' and teachers' unions grapple with the two metre social distancing rules and small class sizes.
On Wednesday, Downing Street said the measure was not going to benefit everyone and has been targeted at those left isolated by the lockdown.
Boris Johnson announced that those living alone, such as single parents, will be able to form a "bubble" with another household.
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But the move would not allow a couple to visit both parents as neither household would comprise a single adult.
I'm sure it's still welcome news for those who have had to conduct their relationships online for the past few months.
The changes will allow couples who do not live together to visit each other and stay together.
Who is covered by the new arrangements? He specifically mentioned single parents with children under the age of 18 as some of those who would benefit from this easing of the lockdown restrictions.
Johnson said he knows "how hard" lockdown has been for people who live alone. Widowers, widows and divorced grandparents, as long as they lived alone, would be allowed to see their grandchildren.
Yes you can. He can also come to stay at your house with you if you want.
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But the two households must be exclusive to each other and can't change their minds - so flatsharers might find themselves having to decide which of them can be joined by their lover. "It is emphatically not designed for people who don't qualify to start meeting inside other people's homes, because that remains against the law". They can not join multiple households, just one.
Once you choose your bubble, you can not swap or expand it.
- What about households where both grandparents are still living - can they now visit their children and grandchildren? So one of you can look after the children while the other works, even in different houses.
It is not possible to swap households once a bubble has been formed.
If you are not eligible to form a bubble, you can still only see up to five people outdoors, keeping 2 metres apart.
No, it will be taken on trust. Do I have to social distance with those in my support bubble?
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