There is a revised version of the HSE Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for ELC and SAC settings now available.
With regards to the updated Guidance, please see the following in relation to the changes:
Close Contacts of Covid-19 & restricted movements
In certain limited circumstances, and only on instruction from the HSE, an asymptomatic person who has been identified as a close contact may not be required to restrict their movements. The HSE contact management programme will determine this based on the person’s vaccine protection or whether they have had Covid-19 in the last nine months.
Movement of staff between pods
The guidance notes that, in relation to movement of staff between play-pods, the risks associated with such movement is likely to be reduced if the staff member has significant vaccine protection or if they have had Covid-19 in the last nine months. However, providers are advised that movement of staff between play-pods should continue to be minimised, and only happen when essential or unavoidable.
Providers and their staff are asked to read the revised Guidance closely and update policies and procedures as required.