Lancashire day centres to stay open during lockdown
Lancashire’s council-run day centres, which have reopened in recent months, will remain in operation during the current lockdown – in contrast to the first wave of the pandemic when the facilities were forced to shut.
Louise Taylor, Lancashire County Council’s executive director of adult services, told a meeting of the Lancashire health and wellbeing board that the services were “a vital lifeline for those who go [to the centres] and those who get respite because of their loved ones going”.
“Although we have gone into a lockdown…we do still intend to maintain that day centre provision during this period,” she said.
“It’s subject to maintaining those stringent requirements that we have put in place around PPE.
“We have been working proactively to get our day centres back open – that includes the ones that the county council directly operates and, equally, [we have been] working with the independent sector.
“The county council has been on a trajectory of opening our day centres back up – and we have supported the independent sector with some financial support.”
Members also heard that day centre staff would be prioritised for any future Covid testing pilots.