By Laura Kemp •
Published: 12 Oct 2021 • 13:16
Elderly centres in Andalucia recover activities. Image - Junta de Andalucia
The 168 elderly centres in Andalucia, owned by the Junta de Andalucia, have resumed their full activity schedule without capacity or schedule limitations.
The Minister of Equality, Rocío Ruiz, said: “The high percentage of people over 60 years vaccinated and the low level of risk in most of the community has allowed the fifth wave to be considered controlled and to resume a reality very close to what we had before the pandemic.”
“In Andalucia, we have undertaken an authentic social revolution with the change in the model of care for the elderly and people with disabilities, based on what they need and want,” he highlighted.
The Andalucian CPAs (active participation centres) aim to promote coexistence, integration and participation of the more than 460,000 elderly people who are members throughout the community, as well as solidarity and relationship with the social environment.
The centres are essential for the physical, mental, emotional and social well-being of the elderly, especially after the serious pandemic experienced and the consequent restrictions and isolation.
In general, the use of masks will continue to be mandatory and adequate hygienic and sanitary measures will be maintained such as maintaining a safety distance of at least 1.5 metres.
It is also recommended not to exceed the maximum capacity in any of the planned activities, avoid crowds and have adequate ventilation of closed spaces.
The general measures and those of the hospitality establishments will be followed, while the organised trips will follow the measures proposed for public transport and hospitality establishments.
The General Directorate for the Elderly has also proposed a series of specific measures while the pandemic situation lasts, which include the obligation to keep a record of participants in group workshops, dances and board games to facilitate the control of possible outbreaks.
In the case of table games, there may not be spectators around unless they maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 metres from each other and from the players. In addition, chairs, tables and gaming utensils must be disinfected each time the game ends.
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