As the Russian Agency for Health and Consumer Rights (Rospotrebnadzor) provided long-awaited clarifications, our Fund’s workers can visit the beneficiaries in social facilities if taking sanitary precautions.
This means that soon we will be able to actually check on the salt therapy room that is being assembled in the Arzamas orphanage for mentally retarded children and to transfer the necessary clothes to our beneficiaries living in a neuropsychiatric facility № 11 in Moscow.
As Anna Popova, the head of the Agency and the chief sanitary doctor of the Russian Federation, explained to the territorial divisions, the sanitary rules for children and young people implemented during the pandemic do not prohibit visits to children in social facilities. The explanation came out in response to a written request from ‘All Together’ Charity gathering (and our fund is also a member pf the Charity).
As stipulated in the document dated 20July: ‘Clause 3.7 does not prohibit visits by persons (parents, representatives of guardianship authorities, guardians, volunteers) who provide services directly related to the activities of social facilities (supervision and care of children, including ill children; education, training, development, rehabilitation, recovery)’.
At the same time, the document emphasizes that a visit is acceptable provided that preventive measures are implemented. These include measuring the temperature (it should not be more than 37 degrees), sanitizing hands with alcohol-based treatment, using respiratory protection (masks/respirators) inside the facility, as well as gloves and alcohol-containing treatment.
For their part during the visits the facilities should reinforce the disinfection regime and organize a thorough cleaning of the premises after the visit, the chief sanitary doctor said explained.