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Care homes bring new rule on visits and outdoor family reunions

Care homes bring new rule on visits and outdoor family reunions

Author: Wardah Sempa | Saturday 20th February 2021

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Care home residents will be allowed to have indoor visits from a person of their choice from 8 March, the government has announced. Under the current rules, visits can only take place outdoors or behind screens. This will change from early next month, as the country gradually comes out of its third national lockdown.

Nadra Ahmed, who chairs the National Care Association, welcomed brought the new rule but clarified people to people careful. She said, "I think it is a welcome step forward. I think we need to be very careful and cautious and make sure that everybody understands the implications and the risks that might be attached".

Visitors will need to take a coronavirus test before entry and will be required to wear PPE inside care homes. Although they can hold hands with their relatives, hugging and kissing will not be permitted.