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My elderly parents (89&88)live in Scotland but suffer from age related illness as well as the recent loss of my sister. I would like them to live with me for a few months. Are they allowed in the new covid-19 protocols?


  • My elderly parents (89&88)live in Scotland but suffer from age related illness as well as the recent loss of my sister. I would like them to live with me for a few months. Are they allowed in the new covid-19 protocols?

    Hi Jim,
    I think this is very dependent on your and your parent’s individual circumstances, both legally and logically. For example, what tier you’re in (in you are in a higher tier it might be safer for them to stay at home), if you or anyone you live with don’t work from home (leaving the home for work means you might increase the chance of you bringing the virus back into your home) and how much they need care (if it is a lot then it might be safer to have them with you). Government advice calls for no household mixing indoors, however, you might feel that this comes under care and support for the vulnerable, in which case indoor mixing is allowed. If you do decide that looking after them in your own home is the best option then you’ll have to do what you can to help minimise your risk to them. This could mean your household isolating for 2 weeks before moving them in, getting a COVID test to make sure, and being more careful about when you are leaving the house (i.e. minimising social mixing). If you have children that are going to school there is also a risk that they might bring it home with them. I think that if you feel it is the best move for your parents’ health to move in with you, then you should exercise sensible caution to minimise the risk of you giving them the virus. Hope this helps, Ben

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