families to be reunited as care home visits over Christmas allowed if visitor gets negative test

Scotland opens care homes to weekly visits from mid-March

Indoor visiting of care home residents by up to two designated visitors each and weekly visits for each visitor should begin in Scotland from mid-March. Visits can include relatives, friends and carers.

In the announcement, the Scottish Government says that deaths from coronavirus in care homes have fallen by 62 per cent in the last three weeks.

Guidelines to be published on Wednesday 24 February will support visits. Visitors will need to wear face coverings and any PPE requested by the care home, and are strongly encouraged to take a COVID test on-site.

The frequency and duration of contact will be increased, according to COVID data. In the event of an outbreak of COVID in the care home, visits will be suspended.  

Health Secretary Jeanne Freeman said: “[We] have developed processes and protocols for safer indoor visiting to take place. I now expect all care homes to have embraced this guidance by mid-March.”

  difficulties we might face and to support those who may still be anxious and fearful, so that together we can ensure that a painful period of separation can be replaced by greater togetherness.” 

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