More extended households

Every family should be allowed to have an extended household or support bubble with one other household if they so desire. Everyones's mental health benefits from social connection. As a young family with two parents and 3 kids we can't afford to eat in restaurants just to spend time with and see the grandparents. Meeting outside is not often an option as the weather makes it difficult. We can take responsibility for ensuring appropriate cleaning etc is done in our home and we need the emotional connection that the wider family provides. The fact that the Grandparents can provide childcare in my home but can't come in for a meal or a cup of tea seems unfair and not scientifically justified.

Why the contribution is important

People's mental health and wellbeing is suffering because they are cut off from seeing and spending time with loved ones. This in turn makes people resent the rules and more inclined to break them which leads to the virus spreading more.

by LouMac on October 11, 2020 at 01:21PM

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  • Posted by Coco12 October 11, 2020 at 13:54

    Totally agree. People need human interaction face to face.
  • Posted by cobdunfermline October 11, 2020 at 14:06

    absolutely, i've just posted something very similar :)
  • Posted by Erifit10 October 11, 2020 at 14:22

    Absolitely. This is already possible in Wales and will combat social isolation for many grandparents/great uncles/great aunts who are desperate to spend time with family over the colder months. At the moment the only way to see them is to meet in a restaurant which is crazy
  • Posted by harviej October 11, 2020 at 16:45

    Quite agree. We look after our Grandchildren in their own home, but as soon as their parents come home, we have to leave. The FM does not seem to understand the need of people to be with close family
  • Posted by gd1234 October 11, 2020 at 17:10

    Wholeheartedly agree. Kids need to see and interact with grandparents at home and the parents, their own children. A basic human right to see your family taken away from us feels like proper punishment and upsetting for all the family. Time is precious and we are being robbed of it!
  • Posted by Haggis59 October 11, 2020 at 20:37

    I totally understand that we cannot meet indoors to reduce the spread of virus especially since we're in our late 50s and have health conditions. We cannot visit my son to see his first house and due to work patterns, his and ours, and it's now darker and cooler to sit outside in late evening, we haven't seen him lately, although he's only 20 minutes away by car. However we keep in touch by phone and hopefully we'll be allowed to meet indoors soon. It's heartbreaking as we miss him so much. If only everyone stuck to the rules we'd reduce the spread of the virus sooner.
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