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HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE* – CHILDREN AND THE 'RULE OF 6' [110286] - 30 October 2020

HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE* – CHILDREN AND THE 'RULE OF 6' [110286] - 30 October 2020

Dr Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an exception to the Rule of 6 covid-19 policy by allowing a higher overall total when applied to families with three or more children. [110286]

[Due for Answer on 4 November. Answered on 18 November.]

HOLDING ANSWER: The Department of Health and Social Care has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

ANSWER

The Minister of State for Mental Health, Suicide Prevention and Patient Safety (Nadine Dorries): Until 3 December, tiers requirements will not apply because of the new national restrictions. As part of the national restrictions, however, we continue to recognise providing informal social care to relatives and vulnerable people is of the highest importance.

People may meet with a maximum of one person from another household outdoors for the purposes of exercise and recreation. Children under school age, as well as those dependent on round-the-clock care, such as those with severe disabilities, who are with their parents will not count toward the limit on meeting two people outside. People can continue to exercise outdoors as a household or support bubble.