Families will only be able to see loved ones in care homes outdoors or through windows as coronavirus restrictions were reinstated in two areas of the city.

A rise in cases in St Michael’s ward and Lower Stoke prompted the city council to warn of a local lockdown today.

And although exact figures for cases for the areas have not yet been revealed, health authorities in the city, working with care homes, said the visitor restrictions were being brought in to protect the vulnerable.

The council is advising the 17 care homes in the two wards to only allow their residents to be visited outside or through open windows to ensure adequate social distancing and reduce the risk to those living there.

Councillor Mal Mutton, cabinet member for adult services at Coventry City Council, said the change at care homes will help to “keep our most vulnerable safe”.

He said said: “We have worked with care homes and believe that by amending our advice at this time, we can keep our vulnerable residents safe and help to avoid the threat of more severe measures.

“We want people to be able to visit their loved ones, but we have to act in the best interests of everyone concerned. Our care homes do a marvellous job and they have been true unsung heroes during recent months.

“In limiting visits to outside areas and obeying social distancing, we can do our bit to support that work and try and keep some of our most vulnerable people safe.”

Liz Gaulton, Director of Public Health at Coventry City Council, said  “Although these people should be self-isolating, the virus remains in the community, which is why we are issuing this advice to try and protect those living in care homes.”

She added: “We have worked with care homes and believe that by amending our advice at this time, we can keep our vulnerable residents safe and help to avoid the threat of more severe measures.

“We want people to be able to visit their loved ones, but we have to act in the best interests of everyone concerned. Our care homes do a marvellous job and they have been true unsung heroes during recent months.”





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