Let families meet up

All family gatherings at peoples homes as long as no one has had symptoms and not followed isolation guidelines, will be much better for morale

Why the contribution is important

Will boost the morale of people and make them less restless and will not cause spread of the virus if no one has it and it is just family meeting up

by AmyCraven on May 09, 2020 at 11:25PM

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Based on: 18 votes


  • Posted by Jfmack May 10, 2020 at 09:50

    This has to be the very highest priority.
  • Posted by Alimac2020 May 10, 2020 at 10:24

    Agreed. Why are we taking about getting football, flights, schools etc back? The fundamental first priority is to get families / friends back in contact - far fewer numbers are involved with a small family / friend group being face to face and maintaining rules, than in eg a football stadium !
  • Posted by Lawmonkey May 10, 2020 at 10:49

    I personally cannot wait to see my parents again, even the in-laws! I’ve went from 4-5 visits per week to none which is very hard. It would be so lovely just to pop round their house and share a meal. Great boost for everyone’s mental health.
  • Posted by ARBurns May 10, 2020 at 11:03

    Absolutely agree with letting families meet up - it will be far easier to know where family have been and if they are well. If wearing protective equipment is needed in relation to this e.g. face coverings there would (and should) be a high level of compliance as families would, I hope, be willing to comply just to be able to see family again. The ‘bubble’ which has been mentioned has given some hope but needs to be followed through on please.
  • Posted by ITLB May 10, 2020 at 11:30

    Social distancing has been very successful in limiting the spread and the challenge is not to undo the progress to date. We do however need to take some small steps to test how we adapt to relaxing some rules. What better than to allow families to come together in small groups with a set of rules to control this. This could be where there are no symptoms of COVID present, maybe face coverings/gloves can be worn or perhaps visits are time-limited? Indeed, in most cases families will be well aware of their own health as opposed to going to supermarkets etc and coming in to contact with people they do not know.
  • Posted by mrssmith1990 May 10, 2020 at 11:32

    Allowing families to meet should be the first step in relaxing lockdown measures. Families have been kept apart for long enough. They should still take steps to limit the transmission of Covid 19 such as ensuring they have been adhering to the current measures in place. There are so many individual circumstances that have been effected by keeping families apart such as enjoying the arrival of new babies and offering help and support to new parents. Families need to be safely reunited before trivial things such as sports are reinstated.
  • Posted by Gorrian May 10, 2020 at 11:49

    Trust, we are well educated in the Coronavirus, it’s time for the government to show some trust, travelling to visit family should be permitted as long as safe distancing measures are adhered to, and using private means of travel.
  • Posted by Scotswede May 10, 2020 at 11:50

    Reducing isolation and allowing families to reunite must be a priority. But, any measures for this will require a great deal of trust in people to follow guidelines and do right thing. I feel there will have to be more nuanced ways to allow this than just a blanket change to allow people to meet. But agree, must be priority.
  • Posted by RH19 May 10, 2020 at 12:00

    Small close family gatherings within the confines of a family home would be a start as long as proper social distancing and isolation has been/is being adhered to. Much is being made of the detriment to people’s mental health due to lockdown and I believe this step would have a marked benefit in helping people cope better with whatever is ahead.
  • Posted by Gorham May 10, 2020 at 12:06

    Allowing families to meet should be a priority. Families provide a great deal of practical and emotional support. The closure of nurseries and schools, at the same time as keeping apart families, means that families must do without the practical assistance that healthy parents and grandparents could give.
  • Posted by bstrata May 10, 2020 at 12:09

    Actually, I think the "Families" restriction is a total red herring. For some, their families are local, for others they could be hundreds of miles away. There may be people who have NO family, or are closer to their friends than their relatives. Furthermore, given the house parties we are seeing, how many people will simply label a party as a "Family Gathering" - friends will pretend to be distant cousins. It will become a nightmare for police to enforce family only measures. As a first step I would rather advocate for increasing outdoor meetings with others outside your household first - up to a sensible number say 5 people initially. Any vehicular travel to accommodate this should be subject to a limit and public transport use should be discouraged to leave it free for workers.
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