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England relaxes care home COVID restrictions

Restrictions in place in England to help prevent the spread of Omicron in adult social care will now be eased as Plan B measures are relaxed.

From Monday 31 January, there will be no limit on the number of visitors allowed into care homes and self-isolation periods will be cut and now care homes only have to follow outbreak management rules for 14 rather than 28 days.

By Wednesday 16 February, care workers will be asked to use LFD tests before their shifts replacing the current system which included the use of weekly asymptomatic PCR tests.

Some 86.5 per cent of all care home residents have now had their booster jab.

Changes to testing and isolation requirements for those receiving care include:

  • Self-isolation periods reduced from fourteen to ten days for those who test positive, with further reductions if they test negative on days five and six.
  • Isolation periods for those in care following an emergency hospital visit will be reduced from 14 to a maximum ten days
  • Removing testing or self-isolation requirements following normal visits out.


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