Overnight during covid


I am currently providing unpaid care to my parents whose health conditions have deteriorated during covid - not to a point they need formal care but having me go and do the shopping/prescription collection/helping dads with general daily activities/meals etc to provide mum respite (dad disabled and mum main carer but mums health not great with crohns and she is shielding due to being on immunosuppressant so shouldn’t be going out herself) and prevent carer breakdown. They wouldn’t accept non family members in the home and I of course am happy to go there. However, I do live over an hour away so I do this on the weekends - am I ok to stay there (I will always try to socially distance where possible and I will have Ppe and I will generally go in have shower and put new clothes on and same on exit). It’s just a long drive to go go back and forwards multiple times a week not to mention fuel cost!


You are doing a lot. All costs of caring should be met by your parents.
Are they both claiming Attendance Allowance now?

Hi Kirsty,

it’s my understanding you can sleepover if you live alone and your parents and you are in a support bubble.

  1. Staying away from home overnight
    You cannot leave home for holidays or stays overnight away from your main home unless permitted by law. This means > that holidays in the UK and abroad are not allowed. This includes staying in a second home or caravan, if you own one, > or staying with anyone you do not live with or are in a support bubble with.

You are allowed to stay overnight away from your home if you:

are unable to return to your main residence
need accommodation while moving house
need accommodation to attend a funeral or related commemorative event
require accommodation for work purposes or to provide voluntary services
are a child requiring accommodation for school or care
are homeless, seeking asylum or a vulnerable person seeking refuge
are an elite athlete or their support staff or parent, if the athlete is under 18 and it is necessary to be outside of the home for training or competition
If you were already on holiday, you should return to your home as soon as practical and comply with the ‘stay at home’ requirements in your holiday accommodation in the meantime.

Guest accommodation providers such as hotels, B&Bs and caravan parks may remain open for the specific reasons set out in law, including where guests are unable to return to their main residence, use that guest accommodation as their main residence, need accommodation while moving house, are self-isolating as required by law, or would otherwise be made homeless as a result of the accommodation closing. Accommodation providers are also encouraged to work cooperatively with Local Authorities to provide accommodation to vulnerable groups including the homeless during this period of national restrictions.