social bubble noun [C]
UK /ˌsəʊ.ʃᵊl.ˈbʌb.ᵊl/ US /ˌsoʊ.ʃᵊl.ˈbʌb.ᵊl/
a small group of family and friends who are permitted to see each other as the COVID-19 lockdown measures are gradually eased
Under the social bubble proposal, people would be allowed to combine their household with one or two others, up to a maximum of 10 people. A cautious version of the plan would probably mean that the vulnerable such as the over-70s and those with underlying health conditions would be advised to keep isolating and not merge with other households.
[theguardian.com, 29 April 2020]
corona corridor noun [C]
UK /kə.ˌrəʊ.nə.ˈkɒr.ɪ.dɔːʳ/ US /kə.ˌroʊ.nə.ˈkɔːr.ə.dɚ/
an area that people are allowed to travel through to reach a particular destination as the COVID-19 lockdown measures are gradually eased
The Czech Republic is easing its strict lockdown after declaring the virus to be “under control”, and its travel associations have now proposed creating a “corona corridor” to allow holidaymakers to reach Croatia. About 800,000 Czechs took holidays in Croatia last year, most of them on the country’s spectacular Adriatic coast and islands.
[irishtimes.com, 23 April 2020]
covexit noun [U]
UK /ˌkəʊ.ˈvek.sɪt/ US /ˌkoʊ.ˈveg.sɪt/
the process of easing the restrictions on public life imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic
Nick Jones pointed out that just trying to keep up with the changes and run a business at the same time was challenging enough for most employers. However, with the conversation turning gently towards ‘covexit’, and some on-site work still taking place, it’s not too early for employers to start planning ahead.
[gregglatchams.com, 24 April 2020]