Like all of us, Lorraine Kelly, 61, hasn’t seen her parents and loved ones in months due to the numerous lockdowns in the UK and tight restrictions surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. But as things start to ease today [12 April], the ITV star left her fans confused as she shared her excitement at being able to visit her dad John, 80, and mum Anne, 79, in Scotland later this week.
Taking to Twitter, the presenter eagerly wrote: “So at last can see parents late next week as going to help them sort a much more accessible flat.
“Not seen them since August last year. Hurrah! Anyone else finally seeing loved ones?”
But many were left stumped as they wondered how it would be possible for her to visit them, missing her explanation within the tweet which held the answer.
Rushing to the comments section to query her announcement, one replied: “One Scot to another I don’t want to burst your bubble. We are in Tier4 Means stay local. I’m in Fife I cannot travel to Edinburgh or Glasgow or England. Hairdressers open next week non essential shops open. 26th April pubs restaurants hotels open move to Tier3 Travel opens.”
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Another addd: “I didn’t think you could travel from England to Scotland yet? My in-laws are champing at the bit to travel north of the border to see us all but can’t as yet…. unless I’m wrong??”
A third also asked the question: “Does anyone know when we can go from England to Scotland in general again?”
A fourth commented: “I totally feel your pain @reallorraine. I haven’t seen my parents in the Highlands since August either as we live in the central belt. As yet we are unable to travel out with our local authority area so I’m not sure it should be possible for you to travel up from London?”
Someone else became irate and snapped: “How can you come here when people living in Scotland can’t travel to other health board areas sorry @reallorraine you shouldn’t be allowed I can’t see my family how should you.”
But after someone advised that people can only travel between the two countries if it was for essential needs, Lorraine agreed.
The presenter stated in her tweet that she is going to help her parents “sort a more accessible flat,” which would fall under that category.
She has been very vocal about rule breakers during the strict lockdown and she has admitted before that she is counting the days until she sees her parents again.
The Scottish government guidelines for moving in level four areas written on April 2 are currently: “Whilst it is currently permitted to conduct activities in connection with moving home or the essential maintenance, purchase, sale, letting or rental of a residential property that you own or are responsible for you are strongly advised to postpone those at this time, if possible.
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“You should search for property online and carry out viewings virtually in the first instance and only physically view a property which you or the person on whose behalf you are acting are very likely to want to move into.”
“Travel for the purposes of undertaking essential work on a property other than your main residence must not be used as a pretext for a holiday. You should not stay longer than for the length of time required to undertake the necessary work.”
But it seems Lorraine’s visit is classed as an essential visit.
Elsewhere, she admitted she was feeling “anxious” about some aspects of going back to her normal routine.
Speaking about her feelings towards the upcoming restriction changes, she smiled in a video for Hello! magazine, as she dreamt of being able to meet her friends again.