As part of the government’s roadmap to ease lockdown restrictions, care home residents will be allowed one indoor visitor from the 8th of March
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that from the 8th of March care home residents will be allowed to have one indoor visitor.
The scheme will allow a single visitor to hold hands with their relative/friend in the care home and make repeat visits.
Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said:
“I know how important visiting a loved one is and I’m pleased we will soon be in a position for people to be carefully and safely reunited with loved ones who live in care homes.
“This is just the first step to getting back to where we want to be. We need to make sure we keep the infection rate down, to allow greater visiting in a step-by-step way in the future.”
Professor Deborah Sturdy, chief nurse for adult social care, said:
“I know how much people want to visit, hug and kiss their loved ones but doing so can put lives at risk so we would ask people to continue to follow the rules.
“This is a first step towards resuming indoor visits and we all hope to be able to take further steps in the future.
“I am pleased that, as a result of so many people following the rules, we are in a position to increase visits and I hope this is just the start.”