Babies and Children EXEMPT From Lockdown Rule in Englandby Laura Driver
The government has confirmed that babies and toddlers will be exempt from the two-person lockdown rule, which limits outdoor meetings in England.
Under Boris Johnson’s new rules, people in England are not allowed to meet socially indoors with friends or family unless they are part of the same household or support bubble. People can exercise or visit outdoor public spaces with one person from another household.
Announcing the change on Twitter, health minister Nadine Dorries said: "Children under school age who are with their parents will not count towards the limit on two people meeting outside. This will mean that a parent can see a friend or family member with their baby or young children. Children and adults who are dependent on round-the-clock care, such as those with severe disabilities, will also be included. The guidance will be updated to reflect this."
The exemption follows concerns over parents becoming isolated if they have young children as England heads into a four-week national lockdown.
Joeli Brearley, chief executive of parental rights group Pregnant Then Screwed, has since said: "Parents of children under school age can breathe a sigh of relief that they can meet another person with their child."
This comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the new rules which will begin on Thursday and last until at least 2 December. Detailing the new rules, he added: "From Thursday, until the start of December, you must stay at home - only leave for education, for work, for exercise and recreation outdoors with your household, on your own, or one person from another household, for medical reasons, escape from danger or harm, and to shop for food and essentials".