The Independent Care Group (ICG) says so-called ‘Freedom Day’ across the country will be ‘business as usual day’ in care settings.
ICG Chair Mike Padgham said: “I think everyone welcomes a relaxation of restrictions and we all want to get back to normal as soon as possible.
“But within social care we cannot help but be a little afraid that it will pose a significant risk to those already vulnerable to this dreadful, indiscriminate pandemic.
“We appeal to people to continue to respect the hands, face, space message and wear a mask indoors for the foreseeable future so that our residents and those we care for in their own homes are not put at further risk.
“Covid-19 has not gone away and is still having an enormous impact on the community.
“My message is: enjoy the relaxation of restrictions but remember there are still many people in society who are vulnerable to Covid-19 and we must protect them.
“We are urging providers to retain all the safety measures that we currently have in place for the foreseeable future. Nothing should change in terms of PPE, hygiene and social distancing.
“We also call on the Government to keep hold of the reins. We have seen before that when restrictions are eased, Covid-19 cases rise. With infection rates already going up, Monday’s relaxation of the rules poses a real threat to the community.
“Within social care settings we have lost more than 32,000 people to Covid-19 – these are people’s loved ones – mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles and friends. The sector has felt and mourned every loss and we must do everything in our power to prevent any further tragedy.”