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NEWSFLASH Custody of kids and lockdown

Updated: Apr 8, 2020

In terms of Government Gazette 11072 Volume 657 published 30 March 2020 No. 43182, please find at paragraph (m) the Directions to contain the spread of COVID-19 in exercising the care and contact by persons who are co-holders of parental responsibilities and rights during the lockdown period:

(i) Movement of children between co-holders of parental responsibilities during the lockdown period is prohibited. This is to ensure that the child is not exposed to any possible infection whilst moving from primary caregiver premises to the other;

(ii) The child must remain in the custody of the parent with whom the child was with, when lockdown period started;

(iii) The parent who is not with the child during the lockdown period may, in order to maintain a personal relationship with the child, communicate on a regular basis with the child in any other manner, including telephone or any other form of electronic communication which may also include skype, WhatsApp or video call;

(iv) Co-holders of parental responsibilities and rights must communicate with their child or children including communicating what COVID-19 is and the temporary precautionary measures that are applied to contain the spread of COVID-19.

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Please see the below link for the most recent amendments to the above legislation:

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