As the Government's Covid-19 restrictions continue, with people urged to stay indoors except for essential journeys and daily exercise, spare a thought for those who are unable to even enjoy fresh air and sunshine because they don't have a garden

ITV News has been to meet the Thomas family, who live in a small first floor flat in Plymouth, trying to make it through the crisis with limited access to the outside world.

It's hard, it's a struggle, especially with two girls, one of them being autistic. Her routine is put right out. Usually the day consists of getting up, shower, school, and we're not able to do that so she just doesn't want to get up and go anywhere. It's really hard having to stay inside and do nothing. You've got games, I've even bought face paints, but it's just not enough. It would be lovely to go out and get a garden, but we just can't.

Lara Thomas
We spoke to Lara through the window of her first floor flat. Credit: ITV News

Lara says the hardest thing is not knowing when the restrictions will end, and when life will return to normal.

Her two daughters, aged eight and twelve, saw their school terms suddenly cut short.

This summer's exams have all been suspended, and those like the Thomas family find themselves looking at an empty calendar.

Lara has two daughters whose schools have been shut. Credit: ITV News

The Government is facing growing questions about how we find a way out of this crisis.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab says it is 'too early' to be thinking about an exit strategy.

The Government’s chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance said the figures “could be moving in the right direction”, but suggested they need another “week or so” before they could be sure.

For now, Lara and her girls must simply get through it as best they can.