*This is a collaborative post, however all thoughts are my own.
The UK government is on track to loosen lockdown restrictions even further over the next couple of months, which means that visiting and planning days out with family members is going to be at the top of many family’s priority list.
It’s been so long since we have been able to attend events and trips out with family and friends, but now that the possibility is on the horizon, it’s time to start planning. For some families, it’s a chance for them to spend more quality time with poorly relatives and provide entertainment and fun for vulnerable friends or family who haven’t been able to socialise as much due to the pandemic. For others, it’s an opportunity to see grandchildren, or even meet new family members for the first time.
Making Relatives With Health Conditions Comfortable
Those family members who are most vulnerable are going to be the same family members who could do with an extra dose of TLC. When the time comes and the UK government deems it safe, it may be a lovely idea to invite family members who have health conditions to stay for a few days; this will allow you all to spend some wonderful quality time together.
Of course, your number one priority will be to ensure your poorly family member is safe and comfortable in their temporary accommodation. If they need specialised equipment for their health conditions, such as oxygen concentrators, you may be able to hire the equipment out for the duration of their stay.
Fixing up a comfortable place for elderly or poorly family members to sleep is also important. Consider clearing out the spare room, or sacrificing your own bed for a few days to make sure that they have the privacy and space they need to remain comfortable.
Planning Fun Days Out
As it stands currently, most indoor attractions are closed to the public, however outside spaces are currently accepting visitors. Hopefully, as the UK COVID Roadmap unravels, more indoor attractions will open up again.
In order to avoid disappointment, it’s advised that you check online with the attraction you want to see and pre-book tickets. Some places we’ve visited previously, such as the New Forest Wildlife Park, aren’t accepting pre-booking requests and you are still able to pay on the door, as usual. However, many other places will only accept pre-booked tickets, so make sure you do your research.
Those local to Surrey and Hampshire may find this huge guide of places to see and go in Surrey and Hampshire helpful. It lists all sorts of attractions, from theme parks and aquariums, to beautiful castles and natural heritage sites, so there’s something for everyone. Prices vary too, from free spots to visit, to pricier, more popular tourist destinations.
Keeping Everyone Safe
Although it’s tempting to visit relatives or invite them over as soon as possible, we must all remember to follow the UK governments guidelines and remain vigilant and considerate of others. As each stage of the roadmap is revealed, further guidelines will be released in order to help us keep each other safe.