Playdates are back! New ‘friends bubble’ for kids 18 and under


Exciting news! Just in time for school holidays, New South Wales has expanded their bubble arrangements to kids. As of midday on Tuesday 21 September, kids aged 18 and younger can for a ‘friends bubble’ in groups of three.

Wondering how to get the kids through another school holidays in lockdown? It just got a whole lot easier with this new arrangement that was signed off by the Crisis Cabinet on Monday night.

How does it work?

Under the new rules, children aged 18 and under can now form a ‘friends bubble‘ in groups of three and visit each others’ home. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Kids must nominate two other kids for their bubble, and keep the same bubble for the period.
  • Everyone in that bubble must live within 5km of each other, or in the same LGA.
  • Adults in the kids’ households must be fully vaccinated.
  • Parents and carers are not allowed to interact during drop off and pick up.

Keeping up vaccination rates

According to Premier Gladys Berejiklian, our strong vaccination rates have allowed for this change.

“Parents and children have had a difficult few months, trying to balance both work, often from home, as well as home schooling. This change will hopefully make a big difference for families during the school holidays and allow young children and teenagers to catch up and reconnect with their friends.”

Health Minister Brad Hazzard says the government has tried to strike a balance at all times between the best possible health outcomes, while easing pressures on families and individuals in lockdown.

“These latest changes are aimed at giving children more opportunities to be together and balances COVID safety with their mental health and wellbeing.”

Benefits for HSC students

This change will also benefit the older students, allowing them to create a study bubble to help prepare for the HSC. Minister for Education and Early Childhood, Sarah Mitchell, says:

“Year 12 students have had a stressful few months, and with the HSC approaching, a study bubble is a great idea to help students maintain motivation, receive support from a classmate and continue their preparation for the upcoming exams.”

For the latest information or to book a vaccination appointment visit NSW Government website

Watch the announcement on Channel 9’s Today Show this morning.

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