Following the latest government advice, we've introduced some measures to protect those living in our sheltered blocks.
We have over 1,600 tenants living in our sheltered schemes, including some of the most vulnerable members of our community. We're doing all that we can to protect our sheltered residents by taking action to avoid the spread of the disease, and to prevent it entering a scheme where it could result in fatalities amongst a large group of vulnerable people.
We've all seen in the news the tragic stories of multiple residents in care homes or retirement homes sadly dying after the virus is exposed in these environments. Whilst we know that our schemes are not care homes, we're very aware that many of our tenants may be vulnerable and we're committed to taking every step necessary to minimise the risk where we can.
As well as saving lives, our actions will help to protect the NHS frontline as we support government direction in restricting all but essential travel and contact.
Here are all the things we have done to keep our sheltered scheme residents safe and informed since the COVID-19 outbreak started to unfold at the start of the year.
We’ve kept in touch with our residents to make sure they know what we're doing and why, but we know that there's some inaccurate information circulating about the measures we've taken.