Visits to infirmaries, golden age homes resume today
Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Desmond McKenzie

Visits to residents in the island’s infirmaries and golden age homes resumed effective today, the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Desmond McKenzie, has announced.

“While I know that there will be an outpouring of love and affection for our residents, I must state that these visits are being allowed under special protocols to ensure efficiency and physical safety. Visitors ...will be required to make an appointment with the matron’s office in advance,” McKenzie said.

He explained that visitors will be accommodated outdoors in open spaces that enable physical distancing utilising the therapeutic parks or other open spaces.

McKenzie said visits will last no longer than 45 minutes and each resident can have no more than two persons visiting at the same time.

“It is critically important to note that the existing health protocols - such as screening on entry and sanitisation will continue to be observed, and therefore items brought by visitors such as clothes and shoes will be sanitised,” said the minister.

He noted that COVID-19 is still present in Jamaica.

“Bearing that in mind, as well as the fact that the residents in our infirmaries are older and more fragile, visitors will not be allowed to touch them and physical distancing must always be maintained,” he emphasised.

McKenzie is making a special appeal to relatives and close friends who will visit the residents to fully comply with all the requirements, and to co-operate with the staff at the infirmaries and golden age homes.

“They are the Ministry’s first points of protection from all forms of communicable diseases for all who work within this area of social protection, and I ask that their instructions are fully followed,” he added.

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