The NSW government has finally agreed to implement a singles bubble for people to meet others indoors without being intimate partners.
The decision to bring in singles bubbles came after a lengthy discussion during NSW’s crisis cabinet on Tuesday afternoon, according to The Australian. Multiple officials signed off on the the bubble to help fight mental health impacts of a long-term lockdown.
From individual MPs advocating, to relentless questions in pressers, to a petition with nearly 10,000 signatures, a singles bubble is something that NSW has been begging for since *checks notes* literally the start of lockdown.
[yelling uselessly into the void]
The numbers aren’t going down Sydney singles bubble so we don’t have to be completely alone for the next three months we aren’t different or more risky than partnered people and we shouldn’t be punished for living alone.
— Eliza Barr (@ElizaJBarr) July 27, 2021
Currently, people in Sydney are only allowed to socialise with their household members, or an intimate partner. There’s been a huge push in Sydney for a friend bubble of sorts so people who aren’t in a relationships are still allowed to have a support person.
Even SA implemented a singles bubble – and theirs was announced just two days into lockdown. Compare that to NSW, who are coming up on our fifth week of stay-at-home orders.
Breaking: The NSW Government will move to implement a COVID-safe singles bubble for Greater Sydney residents. Crisis cabinet decided on the measure this afternoon. Pushed quite hard by @VictorDominello – more on this at @australian
— Yoni Bashan (@yoni_bashan) July 27, 2021
The good news is, it looks like we’ve finally been heard! There won’t be any formal announcement of the singles bubble and how it’ll work until Wednesday, but at least now those of us languishing alone in our homes don’t have to resort to turning our friendships ~intimate~ for company, right? Or… Nah, just kidding. Haha. Unless?