Social distancing of six feet is the rule. Transmission of COVID-19 is reduced outside.
If B.C.’s health officer says outside social distancing is safe, why is it not safe for seniors in long-term care?
No visitor needs to enter a long-term care facility. Instead, the residents can come outside and see a member of their family with appropriate social distancing. Residents that are not able to follow or understand the rules may have to be excluded, such as people with severe dementia.
Long-term care residents have been isolated in their facilities for almost four months. Besides no family visits, for many there have also been no doctor visits, no foot care, no physiotherapy and no recreational activities.
Living is to experience joy and love. Residents deserve some joy and love from friends and family. Visits outside the facility should be able to start today.
J. Reid, Surrey