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Safely reuniting families

Professor Martin Green OBE, chief executive of Care England and expert advisory council member for P&G Professional, explains why infection control and hygiene should remain high on the agenda as Covid concerns ease.

July 19 was widely heralded as ‘Freedom Day’ because not only was society opening up, but there were also significant changes to the way in which care homes welcomed and supported visitors. New guidance that came from the Department of Health and Social Care stated that people could have as many visitors as they wanted and there were also changes to the essential caregiver role.

While the opening up of care homes is to be welcomed from the perspective of delivering greater connectivity between residents, their families and loved ones, we must also remember that even though we have moved into the final stages of the roadmap out of lockdown, we have not eradicated Covid-19.

Far from it, this month we have seen increased infections across society, and even the double vaccinated Health Secretary gave a positive Covid test and, of course, this forced both the Prime Minister and the Chancellor to self-isolate.

These high-profile people testing pos

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