Celebrate easing lockdown but a word of caution on care services

23 June 2020

Pubs, restaurants, hotels and hairdressers can open from 4 July in England, when social distancing rules will be eased. Social Care Institute for Excellence Chief Executive Kathryn Smith says:

It’s great news that a further easing of lockdown has been announced. It’s what we’ve all been waiting for. And, with appropriate distancing measures in place, it’s great that we can celebrate pubs, restaurants and hotels reopening. But there has to be caution as society opens up again. People who access services are part of society and they deserve to live in communities, playing their part in those communities. For now though, it’s important to balance that with the need to keep people safe. We do not want a return to the situation where care homes and other care settings become incubators of COVID-19. We need a constant supply of PPE and regular testing in care settings. The virus hasn’t changed and neither has the possibility that many care users are more vulnerable to it than most of the population. Our sector needs support through this change, however welcome we find it.

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