UK Rule change for care home residents from today last minute news
PremierLeague-News.Com- 'This is one more step towards getting back to normal, while protecting care homes from the continued risk of Covid-19'
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! All care home residents will be able to participate in more out-of-home visits without having to isolate on their return from today (Tuesday May 4). Residents will now be able to leave their care homes to visit a friend or family member’s garden, or to go on walks in places such as parks, public gardens and beaches. Residents must be accompanied by either a care worker or a nominated visitor. The Department of Health and Social Care said care home residents must still continue to follow the government guidelines of washing hands regularly, keeping social distance and remaining outside - in line with Step 2 of the roadmap. The new rule change comes as the latest data shows coronavirus cases are continuing to fall. This means it is now much safer for care home residents, who are among the most vulnerable to Covid-19, to leave their homes, the department added. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “We know how challenging this time has been for care home residents, so I am pleased that they can now leave their homes to reunite with their loved ones outdoors. "With the data continuing to head in the right direction and as restrictions ease, it is my priority to keep increasing visits for residents in the coming weeks in a safe and controlled way.” Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham talks to staff and residents during a visit to The Fed care home (Image: Getty Images) The rule states that visits out of the care home should take place solely outdoors, except for the use of toilet facilities, with no visits to indoor spaces (public or private) and avoiding the use of public transport where possible. An exemption will be in place for those who wish to vote in person in the upcoming local elections on May 6 as long as they follow national coronavirus restrictions and measures in place at polling stations.
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. "This is one more step towards getting back to normal, while protecting care homes from the continued risk of Covid-19. “As part of this interim update before the next stage of the roadmap, care home residents will also be able to leave to spend time outdoors."
She added: "I know this has been long-awaited for those who haven’t had a chance to enjoy trips out. I look forward to encouraging more visiting and trips out in future as we turn the tide on this cruel virus.” Arrangements in areas with high, or rapidly rising, levels of infection in the local community and/or variants of concern (VoCs) will need additional local advice from Directors of Public Health. Latest statistics show that 95 per cent of residents have received their first dose of the vaccine and 71 per cent have received their second. Residents who have tested positive, or who have COVID-19 symptoms must self-isolate and would therefore not be able to leave the care home, the department said. In the event of an outbreak, all residents must self-isolate, and visits out suspended to prevent the spread of the virus. As part of the roadmap out of lockdown, guidance was updated on April 12 for care homes to increase visiting, and allow two nominated visitors per resident.