How can you celebrate Mother’s Day during the Covid-19 pandemic?

Today is Mother’s Day so you may be wondering how to celebrate amid the ongoing Covid lockdown restrictions. Although Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a four-stage roadmap to ease the lockdown, most of the restrictions will still be in place on March 14.

Restaurants, pubs and non-essential shops remain closed, indoor socializing remains prohibited and people are still advised to “stay at home” in all but exceptional circumstances.

However, people can still mark the day in accordance with Covid-19 guidelines. On March 8, the rules for outdoor exercise changed, allowing two people to socialize outdoors in public places and have a picnic or coffee together on a park bench.

Visiting rules for care homes were relaxed on the same day and residents were now allowed a single regular visitor, provided they test negative for Covid and wear protective gear. Holding hands is also allowed.

Although there is light at the end of the tunnel thanks to the UK’s successful vaccination program and the PM’s promise that the last lockdown will be the last, Mother’s Day will still feel very different for many this year. However, there’s no reason you can’t celebrate remotely (or in person, socially distancing if possible) and get your mum excited for her special day. Here’s everything you need to know.

Can I visit my mother this Mother’s Day?

These are just a few instances where it would be safe to visit this Mother’s Day. Since you’re allowed to exercise and socialize with one other person outside (keep your distance if you’re not part of the same household or support bubble), you can meet your mom for a walk, coffee, or picnic if she lives nearby.

Since March 8, residents of nursing homes have been allowed one regular visitor. Having your mum live in a foster home means you can stop by in person on Mother’s Day and hold hands, although other close contacts like hugs aren’t allowed yet.

Guidance on childcare and support bubbles still applies. So if you have formed with your mother, you are allowed to visit her.

The government’s “stay at home” message is not due to be dropped until March 29. So if none of the above conditions apply, you will have to settle for virtual Mother’s Day celebrations.

We usually go out on Mother’s Day, what can we do at home?

If you and your mother live in the same area, you can go for a walk in the fresh air while keeping your distance (about 1.80 m). You’re also allowed to grab a coffee to go, pack a picnic, or even enjoy a glass or two of soda outdoors in a public place (provided you’re BYOB – pubs, including pub gardens, remain closed). However, remember that guidance is still strict about staying close to you, so don’t travel further afield.

To celebrate, you can make a little fuss for your mom: send flowers (see below), make her a special meal or have food delivered, watch a movie together, or play a board game.

If a visit is not possible, what can I do instead?

Set up a Skype, Facetime, or Zoom call. You can meet online for lunch or tea together. If your mom isn’t tech savvy, do the same on the phone. You could also watch TV or go to a concert together.

Take advantage of the wide range of meal packs and takeaways on offer to treat your mom to a delicious lunch or dinner while chatting on the phone or online.

There are hundreds of incredible free on-demand cultural performances available online: try the Met Opera or the Digital Concert Hall, or be your own Gogglebox and snag a box set on Netflix or Amazon. You can also arrange a board game via video call.

If you really want to do your mom a favour, you can organize an online activity to do together, such as house packages).

Read more: The gifts that our beauty editorial team would like for Mother’s Day

Is it safe to send flowers?

If you’re concerned that flower deliveries might endanger your mother, calm down.

Interflora offers no-touch deliveries and says that although some flowers will be unavailable due to supply changes, their local artisan florists will be able to deliver alternatives (also a great way to support local businesses). There are also many other flower delivery services online to choose from.

Read more: The best flowers for Mother’s Day 2021 – the top bouquets for every budget

Can I still send a gift?

According to the Royal Mail, Public Health England (PHE) has “advised that people receiving parcels are not at risk of contracting the coronavirus.

“We know from experience with other corona viruses that such viruses do not survive long on objects such as letters or packages.”

Royal Mail postal workers have stopped handing electronic devices to recipients for signatures and are moving to a safe distance when making deliveries.

M&S also offers contactless delivery. Not On the High Street have a wide range of Mother’s Day gift boxes to send, many from small businesses.

Read more: Best Mother’s Day Gifts 2021 – Special Gift Ideas Mom Will Love

This Mother’s Day may be like nothing we’ve experienced before, but at a time when we value our loved ones more than ever, Mother’s Sunday is the perfect time to show them you care. Let us know what your family is planning to celebrate your mom in the comments below. How can you celebrate Mother’s Day during the Covid-19 pandemic?

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