Help the lonely

Please ensure people who live alone can still meet with loved ones. Please keep the extended household rule going. Please allow couples who live apart to continue being able to meet.

Why the contribution is important

This is vital for people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing.

by CM17 on October 07, 2020 at 08:02AM

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Average rating: 4.8
Based on: 16 votes


  • Posted by weeheather October 07, 2020 at 09:01

    100% agree. For a lot of people, the effects of a stricter lockdown could have a longer lasting impact on their (mental) health than anything. A lot of people are stuck in bad home situations and having another house to go to gives a bit of relief, and will also help curb loneliness across the country for many.
  • Posted by GSS October 07, 2020 at 09:43

    Also allow touch. Surely if 2 people wash their hands properly and wore masks they could hold hands. Touch is essential for our wellbeing
  • Posted by JaneM October 07, 2020 at 19:32

    Agree. I think personal responsibility for risk assessment and mitigation is essential to allow family members to see elderly or ill relatives - it is unbearable not to be able to visit them. Care home and hospital visiting for long term or very ill patients needs to be better managed - people in hospital an have only one nominated visitor so that means you may see your spouse but not your children for many months . This could be managed differently and reduce the pressure on one person - Remember people in care surrounded by staff can still be lonely !
  • Posted by EffectiveIdeas October 11, 2020 at 19:11

    There shouldn't be rules micromanaging people's lives to this extent. How about the guideline being "if you met one group of people today, avoid meetings for a few days before seeing another group" and let people decide the details of how to implement safe and much needed interactions with others?
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