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Mum comes up with heartwarming idea so kids can hug grandparents in lockdown

In the unprecedented times we currently find ourselves it’s only normal to want to hug the people you love.

But with stringent social distancing measures in place to stop the spread of coronavirus it isn’t possible to spend time with our loved ones like we usually would.

So, one mum came up with a “brilliant” idea which meant her parents could hug their grandchildren, without putting anyone at risk.

Lauren Doris captured the moment they reunited and shared it to TikTok – but the video is so heartwarming it’s making people cry.

She wrote: “So I made this so my mum and dad could hug their grandchildren.”

In the comment section she explained that her mum is of a high risk so it was vital that preventative measures were put in place before she brought her children round to see them.

Lauren ripped white, almost see-through plastic bags at the seams to create the separation and taped additional plastic bags to the middle of the door for her parents to put their arms in.

After Lauren posted the video it received two million views on TikTok, and racked up 303,000 likes, with thousands of people praising her “amazing idea” in the comment section.

One person said: “This made me cry. I miss my grandparents so much. This is so sweet of you.”

Another added: “Heartwarming.”

And a third said: “This is beautiful. Made me cry. Kept away from my mum for six weeks to protect her and she died three weeks ago, never got to hug her.”

But, Lauren isn’t the only one to think of the idea.

Paige Okray, a 10-year-old girl from California, repurposed a plastic shower curtain, adding arm slots so she could hug her grandparents without putting them at risk.

Paige had taken inspiration from a video she had seen online and decided to redesign it.

Her mum Lindsay Okray told ABC7 : “She came up with the idea, she laid it out in the family room and spent multiple hours working on it.

“[We] took it over to my parents’ house and surprised them.”

Paige used a shower curtain, Ziploc bags, a hot glue gun and disposable plates to make her “hug curtain” – and it worked a treat.