Re: Changes in ‘lockdown’ arrangements
The government has started the slow process of returning the country to normality by allowing greater freedom of movement for exercise and encouraging people to return to work where possible. The initial slogan of ‘stay home’ has been replaced by the advice to ‘stay alert’, this is important for everyone as the restrictions are gradually reduced.
The situation in the UK is currently improving due to the efforts made by everyone with social distancing and staying at home, it is also in no small part down to the diligence that you have shown during the course of your work with using PPE and maintaining hand hygiene. Now is not the time to let these standards slip or to take shortcuts where using PPE is concerned. In countries where restrictions have been eased, such as Germany and France, there has followed an increase in the numbers of daily infections recorded. You can help prevent this from becoming an issue here too by continuing to stick by the PPE guidance that we have previously issued.
It is important to maintain standards in the coming weeks as we are likely to see an increase in customers as people return to work and the NHS returns to regular working patterns. This will lead to an increase in the risk of spreading the virus if you do not follow the precautionary measures put in place.
In addition to work PPE, the government is encouraging people to wear face coverings in public, particularly in enclosed areas such as shops or buses. This is something that you may wish to consider, however, I would ask you not to wear masks issued by Retain Healthcare as these are needed for performing care duties and are still difficult to source.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your hard work and commitment during these exceptional times and to hope that it continues in the weeks and months to come