Provision for separated couples

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Could the government perhaps consider rolling back the lockdown gradually by age group, which would alleviate the distress caused to the majority of forcibly-separated couples, or introduce some form of nominated-person system which would allow such people to be able to see each other while not turning the lockdown into a free-for-all? This could be achieved by, for instance, requiring mutually-exclusive paperwork to be filled out so that authorities know your named person to prevent people taking advantage of the slight easing of lockdown to see friends, relatives etc.

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Many people are being kept separate from their partners, fiancées and, in some cases, spouses, purely because they are not yet or, perhaps, are unable for a number of reasons, to cohabit. Young couples, who are of course less likely to own their own home, are disproportionately affected by this, as are groups such as the LGBTQ+ community, who may face additional social or familial obstacles to seeing their loved ones. While such a scenario is distressing to anyone at any time, the current circumstances are likely to exacerbate such distress to an extent that people having to live without, in many cases, their primary source of mental or emotional support, could suffer serious damage to their mental and emotional health, which could impact negatively on Scotland's collective battle against the virus.

by Chrisharris641 on May 06, 2020 at 11:48AM

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