A Personal Message to the Family and Friends of Residents at Addiewell
Social Visits resuming from Monday 28th September
Following the announcement to stop all social visits on Friday, further advice has been received from the Chief Nursing Officer for Scotland, who has agreed that these visits can resume from Monday 28th September, with up to 3 people from the same household.
The change to the earlier decision has been largely due to the excellent control and protection measures that we have in place in prisons, and our ability to track contacts in the event of a positive case of COVID-19 being discovered.
I hope this reversal will be very much welcomed by residents, families and friends.
With the reintroduction of social visits, we need to ensure that we have the best possible protective measures in place: using hand sanitiser and maintaining physical distancing (not required for visitors under the age of 12) and the wearing of face masks.
In addition to the earlier measures we had in place in the Visit Room, both visitors (over the age of 5) and residents will now have to wear a face mask for the duration of the visit, unless either party has dispensation due to a medical condition.