First minister Nicola Sturgeon has reminded care homes that visiting should be made possible and happen in care homes.
In a debate in Scottish parliament she said that guidance would be published to ensure visiting takes place, while taking “appropriate precautions” to ensure that people in care homes are as safe as possible.
In the debate Paul O’Kane (West Scotland) (Lab) said that some care homes have implemented a strict no-visitors policy, due to some staff awaiting PCR results, on the advice of local public health teams.
The first minister said that this was contrary to the current guidance, which states that one visitor should be allowed during a controlled outbreak. During her speech she stressed that safe visiting should continue in the interests of the mental health and welfare of care home residents and families.
On Wednesday 5 January, Scotland reduced self-isolation to seven days, provided people have no fever and can record two subsequent negative Lateral Flow Tests before release.