Family meetings indoors

Families should be able to meet indoors but be required to wear masks if more than one household. At present families probably do not remain 2 mtrs apart in their homes so mask wearing would add extra protection.

Why the contribution is important

The most important thing for the majority is to be able to see your family. This is more important than pubs, restaurants etc for many many people. This is where the virus has been spreading because families meeting up in many cases overrides restrictions. This needs to be allowed between 3 or 4 households but with mask wearing. I can see this would be difficult to enforce but I think people would comply if legally allowed to see your immediate family.

by sellava on October 05, 2020 at 07:43PM

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  • Posted by jmfarrell92 October 05, 2020 at 19:48

    We need this kind of social interaction.
  • Posted by Katz37 October 05, 2020 at 19:56

    Before the restrictions on households not meeting indoors we always social distanced when in another household. There should be bubbles allowed with two households, particularly where elderly parents (both parents) are involved. They should be allowed to form a bubble with one specific household throughout the restrictions. For instance my parents, both in their 80s, spent 4 months of lockdown on their own and are now struggling mentally not having people going in to check on them again.
  • Posted by Katz37 October 05, 2020 at 19:57

    Before the restrictions on households not meeting indoors we always social distanced when in another household. There should be bubbles allowed with two households, particularly where elderly parents (both parents) are involved. They should be allowed to form a bubble with one specific household throughout the restrictions. For instance my parents, both in their 80s, spent 4 months of lockdown on their own and are now struggling mentally not having people going in to check on them again. If they were allowed a bubble with one other household no masks would be required.
  • Posted by Mrsb77 October 05, 2020 at 20:04

    I would like detailed advice on how to have 2 househoulds inside to share a meal
    Tell us what the safe mitigations are... People who love their family will do it
  • Posted by gd1234 October 05, 2020 at 20:05

    Agree it’s so unfair on my elderly parents to be left on their own again with no family visits. We are sensible and follow guidance but starting to get really down about this now. Get back to 8 people allowed in houses.
  • Posted by BONJOVI October 05, 2020 at 20:16

    I think immediate families should be able to visit each other safely in houses, wearing mask and social distance, this would help the mental health and save future problems, if families are visiting they will know who they have been in contact with immediately also as it is family they will be more responsible about hygiene safety etc.
    This will help families who need help from parents, siblings etc through this terrible time.
    Will help some families stay together rather than split.
    It will also help support new parents struggling with post natal depression etc.
    Track and trace will be a lot easier too.
  • Posted by Jackie October 05, 2020 at 20:20

    This is very important for people’s well being and metal health. I think families know each other well and know they are being careful
  • Posted by EJTK October 05, 2020 at 20:44

    I would also agree to forming a bubble with another household. I cannot bear to not see my immediate family again and cannot do out with the whole family as we are a family of 7 adults over 2 households. Larger families are being treated unfairly. I have a new baby and a toddler who I want to know their family and I am not wishing to take them to a pub or cafe where o have to toilet and change them
    In a public space. I am committed to keeping my family safe and would be very careful. Also live in an area with lower rates of COVID and it annoys me that we are all under the same rules. I do not wish to have anyone but my parents and siblings in the home who are not going anywhere. No indoor visits over winter is untenable for me and I would go against the rules to see my family.
  • Posted by Swankie October 05, 2020 at 21:38

    My grandparents are in their 90s. They thrive on visits from their grandchildren and great grandchildren. If the parents social distance and wear a mask this should be allowed!
  • Posted by blloughdennell October 05, 2020 at 21:49

    I agree that family visits in one's home are more natural than meet ups in the hospitality sector and they're also more appropriate for families with children or on limited budgets.
    Unfortunately, in our family and in many families of friends I've spoken to, there have been households consistently going beyond the permitted gathering sizes. This has led us to not visit certain family members who have continuously flouted the rules, in order to keep our risk lower.
    In choosing to observe the permitted limits, we've experienced pressure from others.
  • Posted by GLockerbie October 05, 2020 at 21:59

    It is vitally important for families to get together and be able to gather indoors, not only because of the poor weather at this time of year & unable to sit outside but it’s for families wellbeing too.

    This current restriction simply doesn’t make sense. It seems ludicrous that I can allow trades people into my home, not knowing who they have come into contact with, where they have visited etc yet I cannot invite my parents (healthy and in their 80’s) into my home for coffee/meal. I am forced to go to an external venue, where the customer experience is poor, have to mix with other customers (strangers), trust the cleanliness of the premises & staff, and all at a cost.

    I should add that don’t see the need to wear masks indoors if there is socially distancing in place.

    Families need each other, especially at this time.

    This SG restriction needs to change ASAP !!
  • Posted by montyred October 05, 2020 at 23:06

    There must be family interaction. This will avoid so much sadness.
  • Posted by FionaS8691 October 05, 2020 at 23:15

    I think there should be no restrictions on families I have my parents in their 80’s and grandchildren we can’t go on indefinitely with these restrictions, this is not a life, families should be able to make their own choices
  • Posted by lauz84 October 06, 2020 at 00:15

    agree we should be able to meet indoors but not with ‘masks!’
  • Posted by k4rwd October 06, 2020 at 00:34

    Two households should be allowed to meet indoors. It is far safer to have my son visit me at home than for both of us to go out to a cafe. Neither households have been out to cafes/bars/restaurants for the whole of lockdown and given the rising cases we can't see the logic in being forced to go out now in order to see each other inside.

    The elderly are suffering from not being allowed visitors, loneliness is a big problem at the best of times. They should have a choice as to whether they want a visitor, they do not all have family and do not all have someone with whom they can form an extended household. Their mental health is just as important as taking precautions.
  • Posted by Holidayg61 October 06, 2020 at 05:02

    I can be sure my house is clean but I can’t do the same in a public place. Being allowed to have family in my home and visit theirs is more important than going out where contact with lots of strangers takes place and the risk if infection is greater.
  • Posted by Ideas81 October 06, 2020 at 08:26

    Very important that extended families can still meet
  • Posted by Singleworkingmum October 06, 2020 at 08:53

    I dont understand why my children can go to school (one with 500 pupils and one with 1300 pupils) but not visit their gran or auntie. It makes no sense to me. I feel my kids are safer in a house we know has been cleaned than a school where we don't see the day to day hygiene practices. Why can I go to work with 60+ other households but not visit my sister? If there was blended learning in place I would consider it reasonable to keep the mixing of people to a minimum but as it currently stands it seems rather pointless and a little insulting.
  • Posted by JeniaFinegan October 06, 2020 at 15:55

    I agree that families should be allowed to meet but I do not agree about the face masks. It is not practical or enforceable. Sure, a recommendation can be made that the masks maybe beneficial but individuals should be able to risk assess for themselves.
  • Posted by Bing123 October 06, 2020 at 16:05

    Families should at least be able to form a bubble with their immediate family. It is much safer for many to visit a family home than go to a restaurant surrounded my strangers. For many, it is also better for their emotional wellbeing as being in public surrounded by strangers creates anxiety,

    Guidance around hygiene and social distancing should be recommended - many families are doing the sensible thing to protect their loved ones. The onus should be on personal responsibility.

    We need to see our families for our social and emotional wellbeing. It is unreasonable to only see them in a public setting.
  • Posted by Gorsut66 October 08, 2020 at 21:38

    Caused by the so called brains ie students spreading it
  • Posted by APragmatist October 10, 2020 at 16:03

    I agree that families/partners should be able to meet indoors within the rule of 6 again. However its unnecessary to suggest people wear masks if they will maintain 2m distancing. I think government are overreaching in legislating against small families gathering.
  • Posted by gd1234 October 11, 2020 at 17:13

    Basic human right to see your parents taken away from us! I will not expect my parents in their 70s to go to a cafe to meet me and their grandchildren. Very unfair, time with loved ones is precious and this is being taken away from us.
  • Posted by Suzie October 11, 2020 at 17:34

    Indoor meetings should be discouraged as they allow virus spread. Outdoor, socially distanced meetings have to become the norm for now- wrap up and try to get local outdoor spaces, eg in parks, safe and comfortable for meeting our friends and family. The council could install outdoor heaters, comfy seating and tables for picnics.
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