With the Road Map for Reopening Society and Business from 02/05/2020 (www.gov.ie/en/publication/ad5dd0-easing-the-covid-19-restrictions-on-may-18-phase-1/) things are improving in relation to lockdown and our access to our community.
Unfortunately, our restrictions for visiting to our services remain in place in the best interest of the people we support and our staff.
In Phase one, while we are still encouraged to stay in, we will facilitate accessing community facilities for people we support within the 5 km radius and where we can maintain the necessary safety precautions.
We can facilitate visits for the person we support and their family and friends away from the service, out of doors, where social distancing of 2 metres can be maintained and where there are no more than 4 people meeting together.
We will support the person to visit in this way where we can ask for your assurance that you, nor any person you have had contact with have symptoms of the virus, contact with someone with the virus and where you confirm you do not have a fever at the time of the visit.
We will ask that you maintain the 2-metre social distancing rule, that you maintain cough and sneeze etiquette, good hand hygiene and the use of hand sanitiser and that you understand the need for our use of PPE where necessary.
We want nothing more than to be able to support your family member, or friend, to welcome you in and share that cup of tea. Sadly, we know that to do so could impact the well-being of all and undo the achievements we have made in maintaining that wellness and safety.
We will continue with the current regular contact, such as the phone and video calls, the use of the social media aps and we will keep you informed of the next steps we will take together in our recovery.
Positive Futures, the people we support and our staff thank you for your collaboration and understanding.