A mum was told that she could face prosecution and a fine if she was caught breaking the rules again after she let some family members drop off birthday presents for her daughter who has just turned 10.
Leanne Macdonald, 36, decided to celebrate her daughter Myla’s 10 birthday at home, alongside partner Gary, 37, and the couple’s youngest daughter Rylee, aged two.
Due to coronavirus restrictions, the Scots mum was unable to organise her daughter a proper birthday party. However, she didn’t think it would be an issue if her parents, grandparents, aunt and uncle all “popped over” at separate times throughout the day to drop off the presents for Myla.
Yet the mum of two says the birthday celebrations were put to an abrupt end when she heard a knock at the door and saw that there were two uniformed police officers there. She was then shocked to find that she had been reported by anonymous neighbour breaking Nicola Sturgeon’s strict COVID-19 rules.
As there was “a lot going on” in Leanne’s personal life, she hadn’t realised that there had been further restrictions put in place. She had assumed that she was still allowed to have one household around at a time indoors.
The mum was told by the police officers that she had been put on the COVID “alert list” and that she would face prosecution and a fine if she was to break the rules again.
Leanne told the Daily Record: “I honestly didn’t know the rules had changed. I missed all that. We weren’t planning to have people over or anything. My grandparents popped over for 15 minutes with a present for her then they left.
“After they left my aunt and uncle came over to drop a gift off.
“My aunt did pop her in to see Myla quickly but my uncle basically stayed outside and a wee while later my mum and dad came over and my mum nipped in to see Myla’s balloons and but that was it.
“The next thing I knew the police were at the door saying someone had reported me for having six adults and six kids in my house at the same time, which just absolutely did not happen.”
She said: “I could not believe it. The came to the door and told me I had been reported for having people in my house. I was shocked. The funny thing is, they actually came into my house to tell me my home was ‘on alert’ and if I broke the rules again I would be fined and charged. So the police can come in my house, but my family can’t?”
Leanne said that she is genuinely sorry for the mishap, but has been left feeling “scared” of unintentionally breaking rules again.
She said: “I am sorry we broke the rules, it wasn’t our intention. They were not all inside and they weren’t all here at the same time and we all kept a social distance.
“But to be honest the rules are so confusing and keep changing, it’s hard to keep up. It feels like we are totally losing all our freedoms to this virus and it feels a bit like they are making it up as they go along.
“I am scared now in case it happens again and I get prosecuted. There are people out there actually committing serious crimes and there aren’t enough police to deal with it, but if I have my mum round again, I will get charged.
“I could have booked a restaurant with my parents for Myla’s birthday and sat at a table for a couple of hours with them, and that would be legal. But they nip over to my house for 15 minutes to wish their grandchild a happy birthday and I have the police at my door. It’s pretty unbelievable.