Christmas: Esther Rantzen and Kirstie Allsopp clash on rules
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Kirstie Allsopp, 49, has hit back at comments on Twitter, after voicing her consternation at still having to hear stories of families being separated from loved ones in care homes. This came after the Location, Location, Location host criticised Health Secretary Matt Hancock’s handling of the pandemic.
Posting in front of her 423,000 followers, Kirstie shared her thoughts on a story on BBC Radio 4 today.
She wrote: “WHY are we still having to listen to stories of elderly people and their families being TORTURED by separation? @BBCr4today This is unforgivable @MattHancock.”
However, her comments rubbed some of her followers up the wrong way, leading Kirstie to get embroiled in several Twitter spats.
One wrote: “Because we’re in lockdown and the rules apply to everyone.”
The presenter replied: “No they don’t! Care home visits are allowed, and it should be the the (sic) case for every care home and not a postcode lottery.”
Another added: “Erm it’s called a pandemic and they are still vulnerable….”
In response, Kirstie wrote: “Erm it’s called a vaccine and most carehome (sic) residents have limited time left and every day counts so once they’ve had it they should see their families.”
An angry user also criticised her comments, adding: “Do you want more deaths you STUPID person?
“Visitors = infections or don’t you get it. I do not know why people like you can make such STUPID comments bearing in mind the death toll in nursing homes. Time to use that brain cell.”
To this, the Location, Location, Location host simply replied: “V A C C I N E (sic).”
A final criticism came from someone writing: “Visits aren’t allowed everywhere.”
Kirstie replied: “This kind of ignorance is appalling.
“The Government are going to have to work very hard to undo the rules they imposed so that everyone knows their rights. Care home visits and related travel are allowed.”
The presenter also voiced her sadness at hearing a story from one of her followers about not being allowed to visit their loved ones in a care home.
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They wrote to her: “Yesterday, I took a test outside a care home. It was negative.
“Unfortunately, standing in the freezing rain, my hands were numb and I mistakenly recorded it as positive on my phone.
“There was no way to rectify it. The home owner, who had seen the result, refused to let me enter.”
Kirstie wrote: “This is idiotic, monstrous and absurd. It’s a terrifying indication of the state we’re in.”
The current lockdown rules in the UK about care home visits came into force on March 8.
These state that every care home resident will be able to nominate a single named visitor to come for regular visits.
In order to enter, they will need to be tested before each visit, wear PPE and follow care home Covid rules.
Hugging is not allowed under the rules but visitors and residents are able to hold hands.
Alongside these restrictions, residents with the highest care needs are allowed an essential caregiver.
Other care home arrangements like outdoor visiting, substantial screens, visiting pods or behind windows are all still permitted.
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