My children live with their mother about 30mins from me.
I had to self isolate for 7 days which is now over.
During my self isolation my youngest daughter had a cough and fever which meant that my ex wife and my 3 children had to self isolate for 14 days. (Which has another week to run as of today).
As per tonight’s speech by the PM, he says that you can not see family in two different households and of course it’s a lockdown in terms of travel.
My question is, can I see my children? Once they are out of there isolation period in a weeks time will I be able to drive over and see them? Or is this against government advice??
I am left feeling devastated on one hand but then hopeful that parents living away from their children have the right to see them and that this is ok in the current climate?
This will be on everyone’s mind. I think it was mentioned by an MP on tv last night as a question.
I think it goes one of two ways.
For the safety of your children and yourself, if you do not live with them, you should avoid travel and not see them, this is devastating but as a race, we have to break habit and its the only way to stop the spread of this virus that will find any way to coarse through us.
Secondly, if both families truly isolate, then could they be treated as one? So therefore you could see your children. But only if, they act as a unit and for instance one person goes shopping or you get deliveries, there would have to be strictly no contact with anyone else after a period of any isolation. But that would be difficult in many cases, as could be seen from the actions of some at the weekend.
The only way that could happen is with liaison between the parents and, as we all know, not always easy.
I wish you well and hope that a solution can be found that you can work to.
The government have modified their advice about the lockdown. Their guidance document 5 reasons you could leave your home:
1.) Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible.
2.) One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household.
3.) Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
4.) Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.
Where applicable, this includes moving children under 18 between their parents’ home.
Parents CAN transport their children for contact. Take a copy of the court order with you if you have it just in case you get stopped.
Obviously, if someone in one household is showing one or more of the symptoms (continuous cough, high to, etc) then do not take your child either from or to that house until after the quarentine period has passed.