Make children under 12 exempt to the rule of 6 in England too.

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Make children under 12 exempt from the limit of 6 people who can meet in England. This is already the case in Scotland and we commend the Scottish Government for taking this child-centred approach to restrictions. (Update: Wales has now also exempt children under 11.)

Many families are at breaking point after 6 months of immense pressure due to coronavirus. They say it takes a village to raise a child, but lockdown, school closures, and limited access to normal support networks have left families with young children everywhere isolated and at risk of not coping with the intensity of day to day life.

We understand that the restrictions limiting people in England to meet in groups of 6 are crucial for controlling the virus, but we call on the government to follow the lead of Scotland and exempt children under 12 from being counted in the number. As it stands, the rule particularly penalises families with young children who will find it more difficult to access important support from wider family and friends through these coming months, as even young babies will count in the limit. Action must be taken now to help families cope through the Autumn and Winter.

We are all in this together and as a kind, caring society we need to look after our children and families. Thank you for your support. Please sign and share widely for the sake of millions across England.