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Rules for visits to care homes during COVID-19 lockdown

Rules on visits to care homes across Great Britain have been amended in light of the national lockdown announced on Monday 4 January to the following:

England: Visits can take place with arrangements such as substantial screens, visiting pods, or behind windows. Close-contact indoor visits are not allowed. No visits will be permitted in the event of an outbreak.

You should check the guidance on visiting care homes during COVID-19 to find out how visits should be conducted. Residents cannot meet people indoors on a visit out (for example, to visit their relatives in the family home). Further guidance is available from GOV.UK website.

Scotland: For areas in Level 4, visiting with loved ones in care homes should be limited to essential indoor visits only plus garden and/or window visits.  View the COVID-19) adult care homes guidance

Wales: Visits are permitted in exceptional circumstances, where they are allowed by the relevant setting. In each case, the service provider needs to put in place appropriate social distancing and safety measures before allowing visits. Further information [online] at GOV.WALES


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