Able to meet family

We should be able to meet up with close family. It seems mad we can stand 2m from complete strangers in supermarket but unable to see children & grandchildren.

Why the contribution is important

Good for mental well being

by Diane1964 on May 08, 2020 at 06:56PM

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  • Posted by trishwood May 08, 2020 at 19:22

    Not seeing our daughter and the grandchildren is THE most distressing aspect of the situation. We would have to travel 60miles to visit them but initially could stay outdoors or they could visit us where we have lots of wide open spaces immediately around our home
  • Posted by TL May 08, 2020 at 19:33

    small meetings with family members, following social distancing rules. frequent handwashing, perhaps using masks, could be beneficial to people.
  • Posted by Libby May 08, 2020 at 19:40

    Agree - though difficult if travel is restricted as our grandchildren are 150iles away.
  • Posted by Alba2020 May 08, 2020 at 19:43

    Absolutely agree, this should be a top priority.
    Perhaps incorporating the idea of creating the slightly wider “isolation bubble” able to include close family.
  • Posted by MairiR May 08, 2020 at 19:47

    Totally agree, lift the lockdown on close family meeting, it's damaging to continue the enforced separation.
  • Posted by LauraCameron May 08, 2020 at 19:49

    Being able to pick 1 other household who is family to interact with. Noone outside of those two households. This would ease mental health issues.
  • Posted by Maurmac May 08, 2020 at 19:50

    The most difficult thing not being able to cuddle or hug grandchildren.
  • Posted by annejohns May 08, 2020 at 20:03

    Agree - some travel also required for me but social distancing could be adhered to when meeting. Especially reassuring for families recently bereaved or where members have been ill (non-covid related).
  • Posted by Battlecry May 08, 2020 at 20:15

    Something must be done about the children of split families where one parent is being denied access/communication especially under this situation. yet another excuse to alienate now.
  • Posted by Evo29 May 08, 2020 at 20:49

    Top priority. People should be allowed to see family. Its key to mental health, support, coping with the rest we are dealing with.
  • Posted by Jacquimathsn May 08, 2020 at 21:28

    High priority personally. I think the idea of a ‘bubble’ of restricted contacts is a way forward. This would allow families to meet in a controlled way which is important for our health & well-being.
    Social distancing could still be observed.
  • Posted by Lightbulb May 08, 2020 at 21:56

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  • Posted by Lightbulb May 08, 2020 at 21:56

    Family contact should be permitted up to a distance which means no overnight or refuelling so max 100m
  • Posted by Elkie May 08, 2020 at 23:09

    I agree in principle, but it shouldn’t be restricted to family, rather to number of people. Some people have no close family, or, for whatever reason, prefer to be with friends.
  • Posted by FionaReid May 09, 2020 at 00:23

    Our family are 3.5 and 5 hours drive away. We'd love to see them and would happily sleep in the car if necessary so as to avoid hotels or staying in their house. We'd even be prepared to self isolate for 2 weeks prior to visiting just in case.

    Stopping people visiting family especially the elderly who are most at risk and to thus might not even still be here in 2 years time when/if we ever get a vaccine is downright cruel.

    If you do have a long drive to family that isn't doable as a day trip then camping in the garden and taking all waste including human waste home with you so you don't enter the house, touch anything etc has to be an option surely.
  • Posted by mnOg6512 May 09, 2020 at 02:23

    Close family contact is vital to wellbeing. As long as everyone has been in isolation and not working, even those shielding, see no reason not to be able to have normal contact.
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