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Always at least one visitor per week for every resident of a residential care center (even if there is a corona outbreak)

Residents in Flemish residential care centers will always be able to receive at least one visitor per week from Monday, even if there is a major corona outbreak in the residential care center. The task force has decided that. Last week there was a fuss about centers where few or no visits were possible, even though there were no infections.

The visitors’ scheme in residential care centers (WZC) is being relaxed after a fierce discussion about this flared up last week. In some centers little or no visit was possible, even if there were no corona infections. With the new scheme – which will take effect from Monday onwards – the Flemish corona taskforce wants “a visit scheme that is both warm, human and safe.”

Hygiene rules continue to apply in all residential care centers

For all those who enter a residential care center, the basic hygiene rules continue to apply: register when entering the residential care center, disinfect your hands with alcohol gel, always wear a mouth mask (except where it is not necessary in the room), and keep your distance.

The Flemish corona task force said it had received various signals from residents, family members, management and nurses that the rules were inhumanely strict here and there. Flemish Minister of Welfare Wouter Beke (CD&V) is also said to have asked the task force to re-examine the visiting scheme.

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