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Visiting in Wales during illness to remain “as open and flexible as possible”

Updated guidance on controlling respiratory infections in care homes stresses that as a minimum, essential visitors can continue to visit during an outbreak or incident.

Welsh Government guidance states that visiting arrangements should be as open and flexible as possible.

Visitors can be offered PPE but they are not required to wear a face mask. Residents may nominate two essential visitors. The aim is to offer greater flexibility without greatly raising footfall into the home during an outbreak. They may visit separately or at the same time.

Visitors are asked not to attend a care home if they:

  • have symptoms of a respiratory infection or any other infection (including diarrhoea)
  • have a high temperature
  • do not feel well enough to go to work
  • someone in their household has tested positive with COVID-19 in the last 10 days

Visiting restrictions should only be implemented after a risk assessment.  

Other advice in the guidance includes:

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