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Allow folk to sit with folk in their gardens providing they adhere to the social distancing recommended. Many of my older neighbours are showing signs of stress from isolation, I feel this would benefit them in particular.

Why the contribution is important

Mental health issue

by Carolanne61 on May 05, 2020 at 04:04PM

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  • Posted by JohnT May 05, 2020 at 16:08

    People already stand apart in the street and talk so allow them to sit in the garden.
  • Posted by KirstyCraig May 05, 2020 at 16:10

    Where in the guidance does it say people *aren't* allowed to currently sit in their gardens? No-one has been banned from their own garden...unless by their own family.
  • Posted by Cowden May 05, 2020 at 16:10

    people will not adhere to this, if you want to talk to your neighbours in the garden talk over the fence
  • Posted by mwsutherland May 05, 2020 at 16:11

    As long as people continue to be sensible this should work well and alleviate stress.
  • Posted by Hewitsongg May 05, 2020 at 16:16

    This would seem to over a sensible and measured way forward for some people. Might be worth thinking about this for families in the first instance.
  • Posted by bormonde May 05, 2020 at 16:17

    Maybe need to consider a limit to numbers? This could end up being a large gathering. Otherwise, it seems like a sensible idea if social distance is maintained.
  • Posted by sciuro May 05, 2020 at 16:21

    yes, i totally agree; but this is all very well for those with gardens. what do the others do?
  • Posted by davina May 05, 2020 at 16:24

    People already talk to their neighbours in their gardens / over their garden fence. Please allow friends and family to do the same and sit in gardens / green spaces to chat. It would make a huge difference to reducing loneliness and isolation, and therefore mental health, particularly for those who live alone.
  • Posted by Shopaholic99 May 05, 2020 at 16:25

    If we can stand in the street and talk to our neighbours whilst maintaining social distancing why can’t it be applied to family. It is ok to tally to strangers, go to work and shop whilst socially distancing why can’t that be applied to family. This is damaging people’s mental health and a future generation ie. children.
  • Posted by Annie1 May 06, 2020 at 10:00

    We should be allowed to visit family and while adhering to social distancing be allowed to sit in the garden with them to chat. This would be beneficial to everyone’s MH particularly those who live alone.
  • Posted by can1793 May 06, 2020 at 12:08

    This is very true. If people can stop in the street and chat at a social distance why can they not do the same thing in their garden or in a park or on top of a hill as long as social distancing is maintained. I do not agree that this should be just for families. What about those that do not live near their families or have no family? to these people friends are family and are just as important.
  • Posted by JoysieJ May 07, 2020 at 19:37

    I agree with this. People need interaction. The garden is a good place.
  • Posted by junie2dogs May 09, 2020 at 10:31

    This is a very good way to allow social interaction. I would impose a no more than two separate households at any one time and impose a specific max number of people at any one time Social distancing being adhered to. This would then allow social contact and give people the chance to be either out of their own house or have company at their house.
  • Posted by Douglascampbell May 10, 2020 at 20:52

    Completely agree. Need to be able to sit in my elderly mum’s garden, maintaining social distancing rules, without feeling like we’re doing something wrong! She is within 5 minutes walking distance of my house. She doesn’t go out and wouldn’t see a single person at all if we didn’t. I also don’t understand why I couldn’t take my children to play in her garden if they also adhere to social distancing rules as they have also respected social distancing rules and have not socialised with anyone outside our household. I appreciate that everyone’s health has to be paramount but to suggest that we can all now exercise outside our house as often as we want, but I’m still not allowed to sit in my mum’s garden seems very contradictory and very distressing for all concerned.
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