Our Director of Public Health, James Williams, has issued the following statement following the government's announcement that residents will be able to be reunited with loved ones in care homes.
“We’re really pleased that friends and families will be reunited with their loved ones in care homes once again. However, the pandemic is ongoing so it’s extremely important we all remain alert and continue to take steps to protect others and stop the spread of the virus.
“During the pandemic we have developed good working relationships with our care home providers and we will continue to work with them to ensure it is safe for people to visit their loved ones.
“If you are visiting a care home please continue to social distance and follow hand hygiene guidance. The care home may also have extra safety measures in place to protect you, your loved ones and staff, and may ask for your contact details as part of the NHS Test and Trace programme.
“We have a Kent and Medway Outbreak Control Plan which sets out how we will work with partner agencies to tackle any outbreaks in specific places, such as care homes.
“We all have an important part to play to protect Kent and Medway and it has never been more important for everyone to take the necessary steps to reduce the spread of Coronavirus.”