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News: Updated regulations for old-age homes and Pre-schools.

News: Updated regulations for old-age homes and Pre-schools.

The government has published a series of directives which update the country’s lockdown rules in a number of areas, including the opening of pre-schools and visiting old-age homes, BusinessTech reported.

Old age homes and retirement villages

Social Development minister Lindiwe Zulu has published a new directive which provides further clarity around visits to old age homes and frail care facilities.

The latest directive confirms that visits are now permitted, provided that:

  • The visits are planned;
  • There is a pre-visit screening call;
  • Visitors are subjected to symptom checking and determination of previous known exposure to Covid-19.

Pre-schools, aftercare, and early childhood development programmes

Zulu also clarified that early childhood development programmes and partial care facilities may be reopened subject to health and safety measures being in place.

Some of the main conditions include:

  • A child must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, or, if not practically possible, by a person designated by a parent or legal guardian, every day when the child attends an early childhood development programme or a partial care facility – and they must be screened;
  • In the case of a child who is twelve years or younger and accompanied by a designated person, the parents or legal guardian must provide the child with the required information for the purpose of the symptom screening;
  • A parent, legal guardian or a person designated by a parent or legal guardian has a right to enquire from the early childhood development programme or partial care facility about the details of the measures that have been put in place;
  • A child with a known underlying health condition that may place the child at a higher than normal risk category as defined by the Department of Health, may not return unless a medical practitioner gives written authorisation that it is safe.

You can read the full directive here.

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