Coronavirus: Hayling Island mum urges people to stay inside with heart-wrenching image of the reality of family life
A HAYLING Island mum is urging people to follow the government’s advice and stay inside with a heart-wrenching photo showing life in isolation.
Tanya Vallis took her two- and three-year-old sons Archie and Elliott to visit her widowed nan on Monday, before the ‘lockdown’ guidance was given by the government.
The family had to see each other through 76-year-old Dawn Crawford’s window, to prevent risk of spreading any germs to her - so Tanya took a natural photo of Archie and Dawn showing the sad reality of family life during the ongoing pandemic.
Tanya, 31, wants to send out a message for people to stay inside and save lives during this period of lockdown, aimed at those thinking of ignoring government advice.
She said: ‘This is what you’re doing to little children who don’t understand what’s happening. No one can move on and get on with their lives.
‘I think a lot of people can relate to it. It’s a real photo and this is what’s happening in real life.
‘If people are still going out and still spreading the virus, we’ll be in exactly the same position in two months' time.
‘I hope they can see the reality of what they’re causing by not staying in. The longer people continue with their lives, the longer we can’t see our parents, friends and nans.’
Tanya’s permanent make-up and advanced skincare business had to close down on Friday, and she has found being out of work ‘surreal’.
This is coupled with the strange situation of not being able to physically visit Dawn even though she is only five minutes away, and lives on her own since her husband died two years ago.
‘To not see her for this long is heartbreaking,’ said Tanya, who is keeping in touch with Dawn on the phone and through Facetime.
‘You can see how really sad and upset Archie is and I just want to get back to normality.
‘If people just stopped going out for a few weeks it would really slow down. It’s not just a flu, if it was people wouldn’t be shutting down their countries. People need to take it seriously.’