22 Jul Coronavirus: People in care homes to be reunited with families as visits to resume | UK News
People in care homes are set to be reunited with family members after the government said visits will once again be allowed.
Care home visits, which had been halted during the coronavirus crisis, will resume once local officials decide it is safe to do so.
The government published new guidance on Wednesday for how care homes can restart visits.
Risk assessments will be done prior to homes being reopened, and visits that take place will involve face coverings and social distancing measures.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “I know how painful it has been for those in care homes not being able to receive visits from their loved ones throughout this period.
“We are now able to carefully and safely allow visits to care homes, which will be based on local knowledge and circumstances for each care home.
“It is really important that we don’t undo all of the hard work of care homes over the last few months while ensuring families and friends can be safely reunited, so we have put in place guidance that protects everyone.”
The Department of Health and Social Care said local directors of public health, along with local authorities, will lead the decision-making process on resuming care home visits in their local areas.