A North Tyneside family who have been shielding for fourteen weeks are urging people to adhere to social distancing rules.

Eight-year-old Sam McKie has been shielding with his mother Sue, father Gary and sister Kate at their home in the borough.

Sam has a muscle wasting condition and has only left the house once during lockdown for hospital treatment.

Gary told our reporter Katie Cole about his family's lockdown experience and his son's condition:

Lockdown measures are continuing to ease and this weekend pubs and restaurants are allowed to reopen again.

Gary said that while he has been encouraged by the actions of some members of the public, he has been disheartened by others:

I've seen the most selfish things and the most selfless acts. I've seen the best of people and the worst of people unfortunately because there are some people who don't want to follow the guidelines out there.

Gary McKie

Mr McKie says his son knows why the family is shielding and even when they have mentioned the idea of going outside, Sam isn't keen.

Gary said: "He point blank says 'no' and we say 'why don't you want to go outside' and we know it's Covid but he doesn't want to say".

Sam has been advised to continue shielding until the end of July.

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