Lockdown restrictions eased for city’s sheltered housing residents
Aberdeen City Council and adult social care provider, Bon Accord Care have today (Thursday 23 July) sent a joint letter to sheltered housing residents outlining the easing of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions which have been in place over the four months.
The letter advises on the measures being taken by both organisations to protect both residents and staff following Scottish Government Phase Three guidance on the Covid-19 route map for easing restrictions.
The guidance means that sheltered housing residents will no longer have to remain in their flats and can now welcome non-essential visitors as long as the visits are from part of the resident’s normal social bubble. This includes, for example, visits from hairdressers and other contractors following the correct guidance issued to their industry.
Residents will be consulted on the relaxing of restrictions on the use of communal areas, including common rooms, given the differing layouts of sheltered housing buildings. The tenants will be consulted at local level on how and when common rooms will reopen as well as the safety measures put in place to ensure physical distancing.
Councillor Jennifer Stewart, Convener of Aberdeen City Council’s Public Protection Committee, said: “First and foremost, its great news that our sheltered housing tenants will be able to experience a greater degree of normality following the great patience they have shown over what has been a challenging last few months.
“My thanks go out to them for their cooperation and to the staff at the sheltered housing complexes who have worked so hard to support residents in staying safe and who will continue to do so.
“We appreciate that coronavirus is still with us and it is important that tenants, many of whom have underlying health conditions, and staff remain vigilant in following guidelines to ensure everyone’s safety”.
Other measures such as one-way systems and restricting lift usage to one household at a time will also be considered, wherever practical, at each sheltered housing building.