Legal reasons you can visit someone else’s home

New restrictions are now in force across Merseyside as the region battles to contain a surge in coronavirus cases.

A series of new restrictions are now in place across the region, meaning restaurants and bars will have to shut earlier and people are no longer allowed to meet up with people outside their households unless there are in your support bubble.

However, there are valid reasons that allow you to go to another person's house.

After a last minute change by government following a backlash from parents, families will be allowed to go to each other's homes to care for children under the age of 14 or for vulnerable adults.

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A range of other reasons include for work purposes, to facilitate a house move and to attend a birth.

Here are all the reasons you can go to someone else's house.

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  • where everyone in the gathering lives together or is in the same support bubble
  • to attend a birth at the mother’s request
  • to visit a person who is dying
  • to fulfil a legal obligation
  • for work purposes, or for the provision of voluntary or charitable services (see guidance on working safely in other people’s homes)
  • for the purposes of education or training
  • for the purposes of childcare provided by a registered provider
  • to provide emergency assistance
  • to enable one or more persons in the gathering to avoid injury or illness or to escape a risk of harm
  • to facilitate a house move
  • to provide care or assistance to a vulnerable person
  • to continue existing arrangements for access to, and contact between, parents and children where the children do not live in the same household as their parents, or one of their parents
  • to look after children under the age of 14 or vulnerable adults where that is necessary for caring purposes

People in our region and across the country are being implored to follow the new restrictions, as well as other guidelines in place to help limit the spread of coronavirus.

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They include maintaining social distancing measures, wearing a face covering and washing your hands regularly with soap and water.

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