Care home visiting restrictions eased allowing two visitors

Visitors will be asked to provide a negative test result and wear PPE during the visit.

Ian Snug
3 April 2021
Care home elderly resident

Babies and very young children will also be able to visit.

Care home residents in England will be able to receive 2 visitors indoors from Monday 12 April as COVID-19 restrictions continue to be eased.

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Visitors will be asked to provide a negative test result and wear PPE during the visit to keep themselves, staff and residents safe.

In the coming weeks, some visitors will be able to conduct tests at home rather than at care homes, to help manage the flow of visitors and allow more visits to take place.

Parents will also be able to visit with babies and very young children, who will not count as one of the visitors. This means grandparents and great-grandparents will be able to meet the newest members of their families for the first time.

The Government says that reuniting families is one of their top prorities.

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Announcing the changes, Minister for Care Helen Whately said: “Increasing care home visiting is a top priority as we ease Covid restrictions. I know just how much these visits mean to residents and their loved ones.

“I’m pleased we were able to introduce more meaningful visits to care homes in March. Seeing friends and family reunited has been incredibly moving. Thank you to all of our amazing care workers for helping to make this possible.

“We want to go further, so we’re allowing more visitors at this next stage of the roadmap – and our aim is to make visiting care homes as normal as possible by the summer. We know how cruel this virus can be in care homes so we must continue to follow the science and data, but things are looking up.”

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