Children of separated parents ARE still allowed to maintain contact with their children, contrary to the advice Boris Johnson gave to a single dad during Friday’s press conference.
Christopher, a single parent from Margate asked the Prime Minister whether he would still be able to see his kids if the area they lived in went into tighter lockdown.
He asked: “What is the government’s guidance for single parents who have regular contact with their children who live in a different county?”
Christopher explained how he lives in Kent, but his children live in Essex and asked the PM what he should do if the two areas end up in different levels of lockdown.
After telling Christopher to “go on the website to check”, Boris Johnson said the guidance alas is that when places go into a higher tier, there are restrictions on household contact in place so depending on how you define your household, you may find there are restrictions.
“But you really should go on the website to check out what’s going on in Essex and what’s going on in Kent to be sure.”
However, the rules about children of separated children moving between their parents’ households have NOT changed since first implemented in March.
Outlined in the new legislation, published yesterday (October 15), it confirms that the original exception which allowed children under 18 to be moved between their parents’ homes whatever the alert level in place where each parent lives is still in place.
The UK Government legislation states: “In England, local COVID alert levels of Medium, High, or Very High, are in place from 14 October 2020. Individuals should also check whether additional local restrictions are in place in their area.
“Under the rules at each alert level there is an exception to the restrictions on meeting family and friends where the gathering is necessary “for the purposes of arrangements for access to, and contact between, parents and children where the children do not live in the same household as their parents or one of their parents”.
For the purpose of the exception, a child is defined as a person under the age of 18.
Furthermore, guidance issued by the devolved Governments of Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland also states that where parents do not live in the same household, children can be moved between their parents’ homes.