Canadian provinces allow locked-down households to pair up, threatening hurt feelings all around
Martin, a retired teacher in Clarenville, Newfoundland, thought immediately of her daughter, Michelle, and 4-year-old granddaughter, Penelope. She had not been able to hug the little girl since mid-March.
But as she cruised along, a new thought stopped her.
“Oh no,” Martin realized. “I have a son as well. I can’t pick.”
While jurisdictions around the world begin to relax their coronavirus restrictions, a handful are pioneering a novel — and potentially fraught — approach: The double bubble.
There are rules — and they are not for the commitment-phobic. Each household may join with only one other household. Both sides must agree — for better, for worse — to a mutually exclusive relationship. The decision applies to all members of both households. And it’s final.
Which is creating no shortage of thorny predicaments and potential for hurt feelings. How do you pick between your kids, or your in-laws? What if your dimwitted brother won’t stop calling to bubble up? What if …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]