Following the Government’s recent announcement of the roadmap out of lockdown, we have put plans in place to continue to lift some of the restrictions for our bungalows and short breaks.
Short breaks are continuing to return, some have some have already started and some families are waiting for their first stays but hopefully everyone will be back by the middle of April and we are really pleased to be able to welcome everybody back.
Indoor family visits away from the bungalows have restarted with lateral flow tests beforehand and outdoor visits continue as they have been. We are also now allowing families to visit with siblings outdoors with the over 11’s having a lateral flow test and wearing full PPE, the under 11’s don’t have to test or wear PPE but they must maintain social distancing and not have direct contact with their young person. If you want to bring siblings on site for an outdoor visit please speak to your bungalow manager as we need to manage the number of additional young people on site at any one time.
We need to ensure that families are using PPE as requested and following the process for lateral flow testing in the Family Room and waiting 30mins for their result before beginning the visit. Your responsibility is not only to your young person but also to every young person here and all of the staff who work in the bungalows. We do not currently have any plans to allow visiting on the bungalows directly but in any case it will not be until after the 21st June at the earliest.
We will be allowing young people to visit home from the 12th April but at the moment we are not able to staff these visits. Care home staff should not be working in family homes although we are awaiting further advice on this and will update you as soon as we have any information.
We are looking forward to young people being able to get off site and start to access community facilities again and bungalow managers will be having conversations with families over the next few weeks to discuss where you do and don’t feel comfortable with your young person visiting. We know that getting back to normal again is very important but that we also need to be careful and for some families this will need to be done slowly.
We hope that by the end of May everyone who is eligible will have had their second vaccination and we are as safe as we can be but we will keep an eye on the situation in respect of new variants as they are identified and what they might mean for us. If we are advised that we need to make any changes to our plans we will let families know as soon as possible. We hope that these measures along with the warmer weather gives us some positive hope for the rest of this year and we are very much looking forward to seeing more of our YP and families on site over the coming months.