Family visits can take place in a garden (max10)

Family members can gather outdoors in home gardens (max 10 people). Family members visiting can be encouraged to bring own refreshments (such as a flask of tea) to further diminish any potential risk of cross infection.

Why the contribution is important

Family members are increasingly looking for new steps that allow each other to visit Each other again. These steps ensure that this is done safely and that there is clear guidance that can be followed for those visiting loved ones. Continued separation from family members could potentially have a detrimental effect on mental health.

by CCass on May 08, 2020 at 02:44PM

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Average rating: 4.5
Based on: 20 votes


  • Posted by JoeBloggs May 08, 2020 at 14:59

    I have to agree with this suggestion.

    My children have not been allowed to visit their one remaining grandparent for the past seven weeks. At the same time a local building site (non-essential) has around 11 vehicles parked outside and all the workers intermingle. Police have attended and say no "criminality" has taken place. Why is this so, when i can be fined for taking my children to wave through a window to their grandparent!
  • Posted by mmariem May 08, 2020 at 15:06

    A small family gathering, increasing the bubble size, would be welcome. But 10 seems a rather large group. 4/6 perhaps.
  • Posted by Themenz May 08, 2020 at 15:09

    We need to do this for all our mental health.
  • Posted by firehorse May 08, 2020 at 16:43

    I would suggest meeting in out of town car parks/open spaces supervised by local authorities/volunteers to maintain social distancing etc. the use of face masks may also be an idea. The problem with private gardens and areas is they are private! I am sure most people would relax their guard, thinking no one could see them. It is tough for everyone, and perhaps we should be looking forward to be able to hug loved ones, rather than gambling with their premature departure.
  • Posted by JackieH May 08, 2020 at 16:58

    This needs to happen for our well-being and mental health
  • Posted by alisond May 08, 2020 at 17:30

    Certainly support need for people to be able to socialise out with bubble. And outdoors safer than in. But wouldn’t be fair to say this can only be in a private garden as not everyone has one of those.
  • Posted by Cummic May 08, 2020 at 17:38

    Maybe 10 is a bit too much to start with maybe 4or5 building up as the time goes on
  • Posted by iain316 May 08, 2020 at 19:38

    Love this idea. As said above would help our mental health. I would say up to ten.. you may have a large family!
  • Posted by Axeaus May 08, 2020 at 19:44

    Absolutely agree this is so important for not only mental heath but building confidence too. We need to adapt to the ‘new norm’ and to do this we need to find the safest way to reconnect with loved ones.
  • Posted by Babs67 May 10, 2020 at 00:50

    Agree 100%. My granddaughter has a birthday this week. under current guidelines I can’t sit with her in the garden (even if we maintain a distance of 2m) but I could stand behind her for an hour in the queue at B&Q. Nonsensical!! It’s time to relax the rules a bit and apply a more common sense approach.
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