A local family has controversially commenced the difficult process of drafting a shortlist of preferred members to join its “social bubble” once social distancing measures are potentially eased from October 26 onwards. And while the powerbrokers within the Jones family from Watsonia North claim the final decision will be fair and transparent, there are already cracks appearing in what is likely to be a drawn-out process.

Assuming that Melbourne continues its current downward trend of active COVID-19 cases, from October 26 families will be able to form a “social bubble” with another household, allowing up to five people from that household to visit their home. That proposed gradual return to normality places many families in an awkward position, literally being forced to choose their very very best local friend, at the potential cost of family and other friends.

An anonymous member of the Jones family contacted The Watsonia Bugle late last night to share details of their decision-making process, privately expressing concern about the end result. They said, “It’s obviously a tough decision, but I’m just not confident that we’re following the right framework. Dad just wants someone to get on the beers with, and Mum’s incredibly biased if you ask me. Who knows who we’ll end up with!?”