Widely known as 'Freedom Day', 19th July will see a number of significant coronavirus restrictions lifted across England, but guidance still remains in place to protect those in care homes and community care settings.
PPE must still be worn for care home visits
Whilst the requirement to wear face coverings in public spaces is being lifted from 19th July, face masks and PPE will still need to be worn inside care homes, and visitors will still need a negative rapid test result for Covid-19 before they can enter the home. The government guidance on this has not changed.
Care home visitors are also still being advised to keep close personal contact to a minimum, and to stay socially distanced from other residents, visitors and members of staff.
This might be frustrating for some, but with coronavirus cases on the rise, we all need to do our bit to protect those most at risk in our society. Those receiving specialist nursing, residential or dementia support in care settings are among the most vulnerable members of our communities, and continuing to wear PPE and keep our distance is to continue to protect them from the virus.
How can I book my visit?
To book to visit your loved one, please contact the relevant care home directly - you can find contact details here.
The home will be able to arrange a visiting time with you, and answer any questions you may have about care home visits after Freedom Day.
We have seen how much joy visitors bring to our residents, and with some Covid-19 restrictions now easing, we are looking forward to inviting family and friends to feel part of our care home communities once more.
Questions about care?
If you would like to find out about care options for yourself or a loved one, please contact our knowledgeable enquiries team on 0800 817 4990 or at [email protected], and they will be happy to help.