The public has criticized the new restrictions on childcare that will take effect this week.
People will not be permitted to enter each other’s homes in the Three Areas or welcome anyone from the affected areas into their homes.
However, the new restrictions wreaked havoc in Childcare arrangements With parents who count on grandparents for help.
Parents may have to go out for a registered babysitter, who will be allowed into their home during the lockdown, if family members and friends are not part of their support bubble.
Online comments have sparked a heated debate about how the virus can differentiate a paid childcare provider from a grandpa.
“So the virus can somehow differentiate between a paid nanny and a family friend who helps with childcare? Doesn’t make sense to me,” said Ian Simpson.
Patricia Luizo agreed: “Basically we can do whatever we want as long as we pay!”
Kate Chesters commented, “For families who can’t afford the extra childcare or are grandparents doing it for their mental health?”
Yvonne Webb added, “Well, it will create chaos. Working parents who depend on friends and family are crammed if they’re not in a bubble.”
“It’s a shame to me that we need to keep the economy going but families need to work to put food on the table to keep things going into the future.
“The smart virus can distinguish the difference between a paid nanny and a real nanny and it will disappear on vacation until Monday and Tuesday at the latest.”
“Not many people will be able to go or change hours until they can take the children to school,” Sharon Sheffield said. “I hope employers will be flexible.”
Jenny Platt commented, “Lol that makes me laugh!” You can still hire nannies. ”It’s great news for parents in affluent places, and the rest of us (if we’re lucky to have them) use our parents to drop-off and pickup, as is the case before and after school clubs often have waiting lists! “
The new restrictions will take effect from Tuesday, and anyone caught violating them could face heavy fines.