Covid Update 14th July 2021
Covid update 14th July 2021
It is great news that things are beginning to return to normal as restrictions are lifted. However, while social distancing rules will be removed from 19th July, the test and trace system remains in place until 16th August.
Because our staff are
working in close contact with each other, the test and trace system has
proved to be particularly problematic over the past few weeks -
especially as Covid cases have begun to rise. In the past two weeks,
five members of staff have been forced to self isolate with subsequent
disruption to staffing levels and the services that we provide. We also
still have a significant number of staff who are yet to receive their
second vaccinations, and so are still at risk of contracting the virus.
For these reasons, from the 19th July, we'll continue to insist that you wear a mask when you come into the practice (unless you are exempt). We'll still be allowing one person only to come into the practice per consultation and your pet will be held by another member of staff for any examination so that we can continue to maintain a 1m + distance. However, we will no longer be limiting the number of people who can come into the waiting room to "one in - one out".
Once all our staff are fully vaccinated, and assuming
there is no government guidance to the contrary, then we will return to
"normal" when clients can hold their own pets during a consultation and
masks will not be mandatory in the practice. We anticipate this to be
towards the end of August.