SINGAPORE – From Tuesday (April 26), in-person visits to hospitals and residential care homes can be allowed for everybody, regardless of the vaccination status of sufferers, residents and guests.
This is an element of the easing of Covid-19 measures for such visits, the Ministry of Health (MOH) stated on Monday (April 25).
Visits to residential care homes, nonetheless, can be capped at one hour to enable all households of residents the possibility to go to.
“Visitors should continue to schedule visits with the home ahead of time,” stated MOH.
“We also seek the understanding of visitors that visits may have to be suspended if a home is managing active Covid-19 cases.”
The subsequent of kin of residents could method the homes for extra particulars.
MOH’s announcement comes as Covid-19 measures are additional eased from Tuesday. They embrace the elimination of group dimension limits and secure distancing necessities.
The public may test in at most venues with out utilizing the TraceTogether app or token.
The ministry’s announcement follows its earlier assertion that in-person visits to hospitals and residential care homes will resume from April 4 for totally vaccinated people and those that are medically ineligible for vaccination.
On Monday, MOH inspired all guests to take a Covid-19 self-test earlier than visiting hospitals or residential care homes.
They mustn’t go to their family members if they’re feeling unwell.
Those coming into the hospital wards or residential care homes should additionally don face masks with good filtration functionality always.
“These include surgical masks and reusable masks that are made of two layers of fabric,” stated MOH.
The ministry reminded guests not to eat or drink in hospital wards or residential areas of the homes, or use the bogs designated for sufferers or residents.
They must also keep away from sitting on the beds of sufferers or residents, abide by the hospital’s visiting hours and never disturb different sufferers from their relaxation.
MOH stated hospitals and residential care homes could proceed to put in place sure secure administration measures. These embrace customer pre-registration and limiting two guests at a affected person’s or resident’s bedside at any given time.
The ministry stated these venues are settings with susceptible people and there’s a want to defend them from an infection.
It additionally stated its hospitals are nonetheless seeing a higher-than-usual non-Covid-19 workload.
“We seek the public’s continued cooperation to comply with the measures and remain socially responsible to keep patients/residents safe even as we take strides towards normalcy,” it added.