Care home visits from family and friends can begin again following the publication of new government guidance.
These arrangements will be based on the advice set out in new guidance to limit any further outbreaks and protect staff and residents.
Local directors of public health will lead assessments on visiting within their local authority. Care home providers should encourage all visitors to take safety precautions including wearing a face covering, PPE where necessary, and consider hosting visits in outdoor or communal areas.
To limit risk where visits do go ahead, this should be limited to a single constant visitor, per resident, wherever possible.
It is expected all care homes will still only relax visiting arrangements for specific individual needs and continue to take the health protection of the whole care home as their main objective, but those wishing to visit should speak to the care homes before a planned visit.
Read the full announcement here https://www.gov.uk/government/news/families-and-friends-to-be-reunited-with-loved-ones-in-care-homes-as-visits-restart