Allow for indoor social gatherings with small groups

Small groups of no more than 10 of people that are:

I) not showing symptoms of COVID-19
ii) not in a high risk group
iii) from within the same local area

Should be able to meeting socialise indoors.

Why the contribution is important

A number of people (incl. myself) live with nobody else and haven’t had a proper face to face conversation for several weeks. This is unsustainable and the risk to mental heath has to be pitted against the risk of contracting COVID-19.

by Mxrussell90 on May 05, 2020 at 02:31PM

Current Rating

Average rating: 4.1
Based on: 16 votes


  • Posted by Donald May 05, 2020 at 14:37

    They do not know if they have the virus, too late afterwards. Not until vaccines are available.
  • Posted by LonePigeon May 05, 2020 at 14:44

    I agree with the sentiment but many people on their own are living away from close friends and family so the local area restriction is unfair and should not be included. Meeting people in a different area should be allowed, provided you have the means to travel while adhering to social distancing (ie private car)
  • Posted by JaneySue May 05, 2020 at 14:47

    Think this is essential for mental heath.
  • Posted by lucyw2488 May 05, 2020 at 14:58

  • Posted by chris May 05, 2020 at 15:04

    Although I understand the frustration and struggles of living alone (as I also do), I wouldn’t class no more than 10 as a small group, that’s more like a full on party and where do you draw the line on who those 10 people could be - family members? Friends? Neighbours?

    Gradual relaxation could include one or 2 immediate family members to visit another local household socially, and that would have an immediate improvement to mental health
  • Posted by Piefke May 05, 2020 at 15:24

    meet outdoors and keep physical distance
  • Posted by Elizabeth May 05, 2020 at 15:25

    I miss my children, grandchildren and other family members. I live alone and I am also shielding so I fully understand the want in us all for human contact. However I feel a group of 10 people meeting is too many, especially if someone was to be asymptomatic... the virus spreads then
    the hard work over the past number of weeks is lost...
  • Posted by Rachel_T1502 May 05, 2020 at 15:34

    I agree in person social contact is very important for mental health for people living alone or without a supportive relationship within their current household arrangement -even if contact with one other supportive adult or household was allowed/initially outdoors, (for some people this might mean travelling a short distance) this could have a hugely positive impact on mental wellbeing whilst not greatly elevating risk if the meeting was outdoors.
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