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MetiNews.Com - The new rules mean children can mingle inside the classroom - but after school must keep playdates strictly to two households only.
Breaking News ! Scots parents have been left confused over the new Rule of Six restrictions which say children can mix at school - but outside of school can only mix with one other household. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced that new measures came into force on Monday, which say no more than six people form two households can meet socially, either indoors or outdoors. However in Scotland children are exempt from the six people part of the restrictions - but not from the two households. Michelle called the new restrictions on children 'stupid' (Image: Michelle Martin) This means children can mingle with friends from numerous different households in their classroom and in the playground at school all day - but cannot meet the exact same friends after school to play if they come from more than two households. Read More Related Articles How to sign up to our Scotland Now newsletter Read More Related Articles Mum transforms 'grotty old bookcase' into stunning sideboard using leftover paint and wallpaper Some Scots parents have blasted the restrictions as 'confusing' and 'stupid'. Mum-of-six, Michelle Martin says the rules are 'impossible' for a large family like hers to enjoy any freedoms and says her youngest children 'just don't understand' why they can't play with their friends. She said: "I think it's stupid. I don't understand why they can sit in a classroom all day with friend from loads of different households but then they can't go and pay with those same kids at the park after school? You can take your kids to a restaurant with dozens of other strangers from different households from all over the place, but they can play out in the front street with their neighbours? It makes no sense." Parents say the restrictions are 'madness' and 'impossible'. Join our Scottish Mums and Dads Facebook group Whoever said parenting was easy was obviously lying. It can be such hard work! Luckily we now have a Facebook group for Scottish mums and dads to share their woes, worries and winning advice. Whether you're a new parent looking for answers or simply want to let off steam about the price of school uniforms today, our Scottish Mums and Dads Facebook group is just the place. You can join here. Michelle's children are aged 22, 20, 16, 13, 10 and seven, which means because most of them are over the age of 12, the family are severely restricted on who they are allowed to socialise with under the new 'Rule of Six'. Michelle, from Arbroath, says her situation is further complicated by the fact her eldest daughter, Chloe also has a child and lives in a different household. Secondary school pupils have to wear masks. (Image: Getty Images) Read More Related Articles Scots mum who comfort ate to deal with eight miscarriages sheds eight stone after having baby boy She added: "If Chloe is here that means we can't see anyone else at all. It's very hard after already having gone through lockdown. My kids thought once they were back at school things would be more normal and they would get to see their friends, but now that's been taken away again." Dad-of-three Richard Swanney, whose children are eight, five and two-years-old, says the restrictions are "madness". Read More Related Articles Parents are urging people to cancel Netflix over 'paedophilia' fears in controversial show 'Cuties'.
. He said: "It's madness. I'm a bit of a skeptic. I believe that the virus is real, I know people are still catching it and it's dangerous and people have died from it, but these latest restrictions make no sense.
"Why can our kids mix all day at school but not when they come home? Research shows children are not getting it badly. These rule just over-complicate what is already very confusing. "I actually think the Government are just winging it day by day." Other parents echoed their thoughts on social media.
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Posting on the Parent Club Scotland Facebook page, one said: "This makes zero sense. The kids are together all day at school 5 days a week, what difference does it make if they go to the park after school together, walk home together or go to each other’s houses? If they are going to catch Covid from each other they would at school." Another said: "Am I being stupid (very possible) but did that change with no announcement?
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"I’m sure kids were exempt full stop before today then it was a passing comment in the press conference today that there was a limit" Another mum said kids not being able to mingle with friends, but sharing a slide at the park with strangers was "not right". She said: "So public play parks etc must close ?10 kids from 10 households on a chute is not right surely?"
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Posting on its Facebook page Parent Club Scotland, which is run by the Scottish Government, said it's not about consistency - it's a trade-off to keep schools open. The post says: "A lot of people have been asking why kids can mix together at school while outside of school they can now only meet with one other household at a time. And there’s no easy answer to this. "The problem is, everything we do that involves contact with other people is potentially risky, and could result in the virus being spread further. "The less often we meet people, the less chance there is of the virus spreading. It’s super important for our children’s education and well-being that schools stay open wherever possible, and going to school means mixing with other kids.
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"So it’s not about the rules being consistent across all areas of our lives, it’s really a trade-off: if your kids are not seeing as much of their friends outside school, there are fewer opportunities for the virus to spread, which means schools are less likely to need to close again. "Sadly, at the moment, if everything went back to normal, the virus would run out of control and we’d back in a full lockdown again. And nobody wants that."
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