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Mum starts petition to change COVID rules after parents banned from attending children’s nursery graduation


A mother has taken action after discovering that she will not be able to attend her daughter’s nursery graduation.

Claire Scott is shocked when she learns she won’t be allowed to see five-year-old Ava graduate from Cathedral Primary Nursery.

Claire of Motherwell has now launched an online petition that has now garnered over 1000 signatures.

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He said Lanarkshire Live: “I find it ridiculous that I can meet up with seven other adults from seven different homes at an outdoor hospitality venue like a beer garden, but can’t attend my five-year-old daughter’s nursery graduation.

“Our kids have already lost a lot in the last 14 months, as have their parents – this now.

“These outdoor small-scale celebrations were already back in small bubbles, allowing only two adults to participate with them at the allotted time.

“It seems absurd to me that we are allowing about 6000 people to watch Euros in the fan zone and even more in Humpden to watch a football game.

“Surely it’s safer to have between 16 and 20 parents following strict social distancing, wearing face coverings and any other measures that fit in the nursery?”

Current Scottish Government advice states in their most recent document that parents should not be included as spectators in school events.

The petition states that the rules are inconsistent and parents from the same household are being denied the opportunity to go to outdoor celebrations in small groups with their children for a final celebration.

Motherwell South East and Ravenskrieg councilor Kenneth Duffy supported Clare’s plea.

He said: “I have spoken to Claire and the reasoning she makes within the petition is clear.

“Socially distancing outdoor events can be held safely in schools or nursery grounds and the Scottish Government must rely on our principals to make decisions.

“I have written to the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care and I hope they will revise the guidance to allow for events.”

A spokesman for North Lanarkshire Council said: “The council area remains in Level 2, but the Scottish Government’s advice for these types of events is to keep children and young people as safe as possible.

“While the Council wants children and youth to experience infection events that are both meaningful and fun for them, there are certain restrictions in place to try and reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19.

“Our early years facilities and school are currently working on ways to help record these special moments and will outline ideas directly to parents/carers.”

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