Care home visits: Solihull Council supporting plans for routine single visitors - The Solihull Observer

Care home visits: Solihull Council supporting plans for routine single visitors

Solihull Editorial 29th Jul, 2020 Updated: 29th Jul, 2020   0

CARE home residents in Solihull can receive visitors at the discretion of the borough’s Director of Public Health, council leader Ian Courts has confirmed.

Coun Courts said following the government allowing a care home visits, Solihull Council would ‘take a balanced approach to how risks are managed.’

The government has charged local authorities with managing care home reopenings.

Visits can resume only once public health directors say it is safe.

Last week (July 22), health secretary Matt Hancock said it was possible for families to see loved ones in care homes, acknowledging ‘local circumstances.’

Issuing a briefing on the care home plan from today (July 29), Coun Courts said: “Solihull’s Director of Public Health is working with our care home providers to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission and prevent future outbreaks.

“This will include continuing support to make sure they have the necessary infection prevention measures in place to allow routine visits from a single designated person.

“But if numbers rise locally, we will need to take steps to limit visiting to keep older and vulnerable people safe.”

The council leader also said Solihull borough had formed a local pandemic reaction area with Coventry and Warwickshire to impose local lockdowns.

The government gave local authorities new powers this month to close businesses and prevent travel in council areas, if infection numbers increase locally.

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