Lockdown rules in Wales have been changed to allow a household with a baby aged under one to bubble with another household.

First Minister Mark Drakeford announced the relaxation, which came into force on Saturday, as a way to ensure very young children can receive support from friends or family.

Under Wales’ Level 4 restrictions, which came in on December 20, households can only form a bubble with other households in which an adult is living alone, or living alone with children.

But in a written statement, the Welsh Government said the new rules would households with a young baby to form bubbles ‘for any purpose’. Adults who are under 18 and living alone will also see an easing of bubbling rules.

Mr Drakeford said households in Wales had always been able to have contact with others on compassionate grounds, or to assist with childcare.

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But he said the regulations were now being updated to allow households with one or more children aged under one to form a support bubble with one other household.

‘This seeks to ensure new parents can receive support from friends or family during the crucial first year of a baby’s life’, he explained.

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‘This will also help the baby’s development.’

Announcing another rule change, he said: ‘In addition 16 or 17-year-olds living alone or with others of the same age but no adult in their household, can also now form a support bubble with one other household.

‘If someone in a support bubble develops symptoms or tests positive for coronavirus, all members of the bubble must self-isolate.’

Wales has some different Covid restrictions to other parts of the UK, but they are very similar to England’s national lockdown.

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