Hugs are making a comeback! 10 people can now be together without having to stay at a distance. Ontario social circles are here and the province has a step-by-step guide for building the perfect one.

By now you've heard the good news that you can finally hug your family and friends again now that Ontario has introduced social circles.

With those groups, you don't have to keep up physical distance and can hug to your heart's content.

If you've been trying to figure out just who to include in your new 10 person bubble, the province as a guide for that.

You have to start with your current circle.

That means the people you live with or who come into your home regularly like family members, roommates, another parent to your child that doesn't live with you or a babysitter or caregiver.

If your current circle is less than 10 people, you can add to it.

Remember though, if you add people who live outside of your home, anyone in their household also has to be included.

Also, everyone that you live with has to be part of the same circle.

The province suggests asking yourself if the person you want to add lives with or comes into close contact with anyone else regularly.

Once you figure out who you want to be in your circle whether it be exactly 10 people or less than that, you have to get agreement from everyone.

With that, people have to agree to only be in that one and physical distance from anybody not in.

Then you have to keep your social circle safe.

That includes keeping a physical distance from people outside of it and following other public health advice like hand washing.

If someone in your group feels sick, they should tell the other people and self-isolate before getting testing.

After that, all that's left to do is be true to your circle.

Nobody should be in more than one.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford admitted that these new bubbles will be hard to enforce because of how big the province's population is.

However, he's putting his trust in Ontarians.

"The social circle police aren't going to be knocking on your door. We trust you're gonna be doing the right thing," he said.

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