I was going to dob my son in for breaking the lockdown but kicked him out instead – The Sun

DEAR DEIDRE: MY son has kept going out to see friends, though I have asthma so am at high risk from the virus.

He’s 20 and home from university, so I see he is fed-up. But it seems selfish for him to go out to meet a load of old schoolmates.


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The last time he tried to sneak out of the house without me seeing was late one Friday, after I’d gone to bed. But I heard him going.

We had a furious row at the front door and I told him that if he went, he shouldn’t come back.

Two of his mates have parents who work at our local hospital, where there have been Covid-19 deaths. I thought about telling the police but don’t want him to get a criminal record. He’s sorry and wants to come home. Should I let him?

DEIDRE SAYS: How safe would you judge the environment to be where he is staying now? If he is fit and hasn’t got asthma, he is at low risk of being seriously ill.

Talk to him over the phone. If he sounds truly remorseful and commits to keeping to the rules in future, you could let him home – but he would have to agree to self-isolate at home for 14 days to protect you, as you are vulnerable. Find out more at gov.uk/coronavirus.

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