Meeting close family members.

Allow meetings with close family members, parents, siblings etc, not in same household. Restrictions could be added e.g. twice a month, outside 2 metres apart etc. Would take somebody far cleverer than me to figure out how to implement and police the restrictions.

Why the contribution is important

If we don't have some humane relaxations it is likely people will decide for themselves and open the flood gates. Hard won gains would be lost.

by GeoffCorbyn on May 05, 2020 at 01:26PM

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  • Posted by ElsieC64 May 05, 2020 at 13:42

    This is the hardest aspect of lockdown for all generations. To preserve the mental health of families I would urge the Scottish Government to consider how much longer separating families can be permitted. People can be sensible in observing social distancing themselves. I believe that this would have an enormous impact on the well being of all in Scotland
  • Posted by kathleentaylor May 05, 2020 at 13:44

    Family link can be defined by adding one other household at first and then if it is working another can be added but frequency can be once a day and if necessary outside to start with.
  • Posted by elainee May 05, 2020 at 15:58

    Include family and close friends, ask people to keep to once a week only and only one other household at a time. So are restrictions but we decide who and can vary it week by week. Has to be voluntary, and I think most people will abide.
  • Posted by ljk84 May 05, 2020 at 17:09

    completely agree
  • Posted by ALDO57 May 05, 2020 at 22:58

    If your family live on an island and you have not seen them since 20th March due to restrictions you should be able to visit
  • Posted by stonehaven1234 May 06, 2020 at 12:22

    I agree, being unable to meet with your family is the hardest part of lock down and is having a devastating impact on our mental health. Introducing social bubbles would be difficult to police so perhaps the government should trust the public to behave responsibly. The majority of us have complied with all of the draconian measures up to this point so it would be fair to assume we would also comply with social bubble regulations.
  • Posted by NanaLaura May 06, 2020 at 15:27

    Being permitted to meet up with family members in an outside space, even if it involved adhering to social distancing, could hugely improve quality of life for a lot of people
  • Posted by loulou May 07, 2020 at 09:36

    So important so families can meet newborn babies. As a first time mum I am finding it harder and harder to not have my family around and see how my baby is developing over the weeks. They aeee missing out on so much. Would also be great if close friends could also meet the baby. Even if this is being allowed to go to 1 other household as long as they are feeling well and have also been isolating.
  • Posted by Nicwill55 May 07, 2020 at 10:15

    I think being able to see family would help the most. People are not - stupid remaining a safe distance in an open space would give social interaction . We now have everyone almost isolating and terrified to do anything .
  • Posted by sgillen May 07, 2020 at 12:56

    Not being able to see parents/grandparents is the hardest part of lock down and having significant impact on peoples mood/mental health. As a mum working from home full time and home schooling allowing my children to be able to spend time with grandparents would be an amazing help to me. We currently can't see any family due to the lockdown and they are all at home isolating etc however we live with my husband who is working with the public every day. We have a higher risk at home than we do meeting with a parent/grandparent who we know has been in contact with no-one.
  • Posted by AndrewRichmond May 07, 2020 at 14:30

    I believe the 'bubble' concept should be adopted as an early measure for easing lockdown restrictions. As we are likely to be living with social distancing for up to 18 months, people need to be provided with some form of limited social outlet. A family 'bubble' is a critical enabler to ensure people continue with the overarching social distancing rules that will remain for some time. By allowing one household to connect with one other household we enhance mental wellbeing, but still minimise the risk of infection spread. As families and friends will never want to risk spreading the virus to each other, we are likely to see households within the bubble respecting the need to ensure no further socialising. Think how much it could mean to people to see their new grandchild, attend their mother's 80th birthday or simply visit their father who lives on his own. Equity for those who live alone, with no friends or family, could be addressed by linking these people with volunteers recruited recently.
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