KIDS should be banned from having sleepovers with friends during the upcoming school holiday even in Tier 1 areas, say town hall jobsworths.

Officials in Northamptonshire – which is still in Tier 1 – have written to parents urging them to be "firm this half-term" and not allow pyjama parties.

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Lucy Wightman, Director of Public Health at Northamptonshire wrote to parents yesterday warning them not to allow any form of sleep over.

She said she wanted to use half term as a “circuit breaker” even though Westminster has ruled out the measure – and is only backed by Labour.

In the draconian letter she said: “I’m asking you not to have sleepovers over half term to protect your children, their friends, and your parents as well as yourselves from Covid-19.”

She adds: “I’m asking you to take action and be firm this half term because I know that the people of Northamptonshire rise to a challenge, I’ve seen it time and time again during this pandemic.

“So this half term will you please meet outside? Don’t mix households – and please no sleepovers! Just because we currently can doesn’t mean we should.”

Local MP Peter Bone blasted the draconian orders.

He said: “People have to comply with what tier they're in and as far as I'm aware, as long as they're abiding by the rule of six there is absolutely no reason why you can't have sleepovers.

“I want everyone to use common sense, I want to use social distancing and think of hands, face, space.

'BE FIRM'

“All those things are sensible but I don't want to impose additional restrictions on people in Northamptonshire, especially young families.

“I think that's unnecessary. And I don't agree with it and there is a tiered system for a reason.

“All this comes from a bureaucrat who is determined to put pettifogging rules on my constituents and I'm against that.”

Molly Kingsley from parenting group Us for Them added: “Once again the impact of these rules on these children means they are being denied basic chances of socialising and making friends.

“For many meeting outside won’t be an option.

“It’s a pattern time and time again that they create a disadvantage to those without outside space.

“It’s asking children who are not themselves at risk of the virus to shoulder the burden for the rest of the population.

“We are seeing an impact on children, who are now struggling with their mental health.

“Is now really the right time to stop their social interactions?”

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