Allow a person to move household for duration of lockdown

Allow a person from one household to change residence and temporarily move into another household, such as a partner’s, for the duration of the lockdown. My partner and I initially planned to stay in our own households (both still live with parents) due to work commitments but now we would like one of us to be able to move in with the other since it seems lockdown is going to last much longer. This would involve one of us changing households for as long as restrictions are in place but it is not clear whether this is currently allowed. This is not proposing that someone can freely move between households, rather someone would change household and would not return home until lockdown was over.

Why the contribution is important

Many people are struggling without partners and close friends and are suffering mentally as a result. This would allow one friend or partner to change residence while restrictions are in place allowing people to decide whether they want to move in together. For example, a friend or partner may live alone and be craving some contact and would be able to move into another person’s household. It gives couples the opportunity to decide whether now is a good time to move in together and also gives people struggling in their current situation some hope and some much needed company. Furthermore, it may allow people who suffer from domestic abuse a way of leaving their current household.

by murraymcc on May 06, 2020 at 08:13PM

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  • Posted by granny May 06, 2020 at 22:01

    Think this would be a good idea , if all safe to transfer to others homes .
  • Posted by worstludditeever May 06, 2020 at 23:45

    Simple, important and pretty much safe I expect. Solid idea. Victims of Abuse can already seek help however, that should not be a consideration in assessing this concept.
  • Posted by BUTEMACS May 07, 2020 at 03:28

    Can't see a problem with allowing this if both families happy to take the risk I think its a well considered personal choice for good reason, there must be others who have move in permanently with say an elderly relative that needs care, so I would support this especially as there are plenty others who are just flouting the rules without any good reason or consideration.
  • Posted by Sas65 May 07, 2020 at 07:36

    I think the issue of isolation for those living alone is one which needs addressing as a priority. The prospect of living alone with no social contact for a few weeks was one thing, doing it for several months is quite another. Those living alone should have the opportunity to move household for the duration of the restrictions and this would go some way to alleviating the mental health crisis which is now building at a rate which will be impossible to redress.
  • Posted by April1886 May 08, 2020 at 11:02

    I completely agree. And I am in the same situation. We would have moved in together had we known how long this situation was going on for. We would happily do that now if we were allowed. Both individuals in separate households. Would come together, we could isolate again for two weeks after this to make sure it is ok.
  • Posted by wildone May 08, 2020 at 15:43

    This would be fine provided that it doesn't involve anyone moving into a fragile community area (most remote communities - e.g. Highlands & Islands)
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