Mum blasts Covid rules that sees her Essex home split between two different lockdown tiers

A MUM whose home is split over two lockdown tiers is banned from popping next door for a cuppa.

Amelia Burnett is free to drive from the Tier One part of her property to meet pals across the UK — but she cannot go next door to her neighbour’s Tier Two home.

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The mum-of-two, 41, said: “There’s no logic behind it, it’s baffling. The Government doesn’t seem to have a clue what it is doing. It is all as clear as bloody mud.”

Tory MP Sir Graham Brady said: “This is a classic example of the crazy situations that arise when you go down the route of arbitrary rules rather than trusting people’s judgment and common sense.

“It is time we trusted the public as grown-ups as to how they go about their lives. Lines on a map are splitting up families and friends and leading old people to become isolated and lonely.”

Amelia’s situation came about when Essex was placed in the higher bracket owing to rising virus rates, banning indoor meetings between households.

But the borough of Southend-on-Sea, a separate local authority, refused to implement the measures.

Amelia’s house comes under Southend yet the boundary runs diagonally through the back of her land.

The full-time carer said: “My garden is in Essex county so my in-laws cannot come and stay, it is stupid. My best friend lives in Edinburgh so I can drive hundreds of miles to stay with her but I can’t have a cup of tea with my neighbour.”

Thurrock, like Southend-on-Sea, is also a unitary authority and so it has also escaped the county’s Tier Two lockdown restrictions.

County council leader David Finch had asked Health Secretary Matt Hancock to lock down Essex after a sharp rise in coronavirus cases.

The new restrictions have also thrown the future of pubs across the border into chaos. The Red Door pub in Rayleigh, close to Southend, has had to install seat partitions, using plastic screens, to keep householders apart and so creating “seat bubbles”.

The move was mocked on social media — with Luke Wright asking: “Where do you hang your towel, it’s like a shower cubicle?”

Southend mayor John Lamb promised: “We’ll work together to look after everyone, whether they are under the county council or Southend council.”

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