Leaders have called for greater clarity on restrictions in care homes as rules ease across England today.
The calls came as new guidance was issued by the government on Friday removing limits of the number of named visitors per resident.
Anna Selby, Head of COVID-19 Task Force, Sunrise Senior Living UK and Gracewell Healthcare, wrote to Health & Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid, expressing concerns over restrictions that remain in place in care homes, however, including the requirement of visitors, apart from those exempt, to wear face masks.
Anna said: “The requirement for visitors to wear facemasks, aside from those exempt, is an example of a policy which is now causing more damage to the welfare of residents than it offers in medical protection.”
The Task Force leader also called for the lifting of social distancing restrictions as seen across society from today in the context of “any risks will continue to be mitigated as far as reasonably possible”.
Meanwhile, Mike Padgham, chair of the Independent Care Group, meanwhile, stressed his care providers were worried over the ending of COVID-19 restrictions.
Mike urged providers to retain all safety measures currently in place for the “foreseeable future”.
“Nothing should change in terms of PPE, hygiene and social distancing,” Mike said.