COVID-19 Protocol at Franklin Homestead & Carriage House
As of Tuesday, March 23, 2021, the following guidelines will be in use at Franklin Homestead & Carriage House, given that a vast majority of residents and staff have received the COVID-19 vaccine. (CDC guidelines for post-vaccination can be found here.)
New guidelines include:
• Residents can now host social visits in their apartments with one or two people from the same household at a time.
• Residents may hug loved ones from other households while wearing masks and otherwise maintaining six feet of distance during visits.
• Residents can go for outings with one other household at a time. If going out, residents should avoid busy public spaces as much as possible.
• We will soon begin serving some noon-time meals in our dining room once again. As social distancing needs to be maintained, we’re still working out details on this.
• Much to the delight of residents, our hairdresser returns this week to give haircuts and, next week, perms and other related services.
Given the unknown of whether vaccinated individuals can transmit the virus, the risk posed by COVID-19 variants, and the uncertaintay of how long the vaccine will protect against COVID-19, some previous restrictions will remain in effect.
The Franklin Carriage House front door will remain locked, and all visitors are still required to sign in and wash hands or use hand sanitizer. Further, if anyone visiting has COVID-19 symptoms or has been exposed to the virus, they will be asked to please not enter the building.
We have requested that residents not gather with multiple households, in crowded spaces, or with anyone who might be at high risk of exposure.
Weather permitting, we’re encouraging residents to visit with loved ones outside as much as possible. The great outdoors is still a far safer space for interaction that inside.
For everyone’s safety, Franklin Homestead & Carriage House staff are still wearing protective face masks around residents and other staff, maintaining six feet of social distancing as much as possible, and washing or sanitizing their hands regularly.