It’s past time for care homes to loosen their limitations and stop separating families.

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It’s past time for care homes to loosen their limitations and stop separating families.

One of the cruelest parts of the Covid pandemic’s lockdown limitations has been the separation of families, particularly elderly relatives who have been segregated from their loved ones.

While the majority of the country celebrated Independence Day last month, for many patients in nursing homes, it was a hollow celebration that meant nothing to them.

This is because, despite the effectiveness of the vaccination distribution and the protection it has provided to the oldest and most vulnerable, many senior citizens are still denied access to their relatives.

The story of a mother of two who has been refused contact to her parents in today’s newspaper clearly illustrates the suffering of many who are forced to endure this painful and unjustifiable seclusion.

While elderly inhabitants of nursing facilities required this protection before the majority of the country was stabbed, there appears to be little justification for it now.

But, for whatever reason, many care homes are responding as though we’re in the middle of a pandemic with no protection.

This newspaper questions, not for the first time, what good is a vaccine if we have to live with the same restrictions?

They must be lifted, and citizens’ psychological torture must end.

Care facilities cannot continue to act as judges and juries in these cases.

The government must ensure that the guidelines are followed and that relatives are allowed to visit their loved ones.

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