Can grandparents look after grandchildren now?

GRANDPARENTS have been enjoying spending more time with their grandchildren since restrictions were eased.

But with coronavirus lockdown rules being reintroduced in some areas, grandparents are concerned if they will still be able to look after the little ones – especially if parents have to work.

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Can grandparents look after children?

Grandparents and elderly Brits were finally able to spend time with members of their own family from Monday, June 1st.

This was later extended to meet inside homes as lockdown restrictions eased.

But with local lockdowns popping up all over the UK, there is concern that this will be rolled back.

Yet, those grandparents that help out and provide informal childcare will be exempt from the covid rules.

This is a sigh of relief for many families who rely on others to look after the little ones while the parents work.

This new exemption will be brought in from Tuesday, September 22, in particular for the North West, Midlands and West Yorkshire.

Speaking in the House of Commons, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: "I've heard the concerns about the impact of local action on childcare arrangements.

"For many, informal childcare arrangements are a lifeline without which they couldn't do their jobs.

"Today, I'm able to announce a new exemption for looking after children under the age of 14, or vulnerable adults, where that is necessary for caring purposes."

What are the other lockdown rules?

The 'rule of six' was introduced across the UK meaning that no more than six people can meet indoors or outside, unless already a part of a household or support bubble.

Social distancing measures such as wearing face coverings in public buildings and staying two metres apart where possible remain in place.

But rules are stricter in areas currently under local lockdown like the North East, Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire and East Lancashire.

The remainder of Lancashire and Merseyside will also be placed under restrictions from Tuesday, September 22.

These rules are set to include mixing with anyone outside your household, while pubs and restaurants are expected to get a 10pm curfew.

Attending sporting events is also advised against, while public transport should only be used if essential.


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