Government eases social care restrictions on care home visiting

Restrictions in place to prevent the spread of Omicron in adult social care are now being eased.
Elderly lady looking at phone with family member

From Monday 31 January, there will be no limit on the number of visitors allowed into care homes and self-isolation periods will be cut and now care homes only have to follow outbreak management rules for 14 rather than 28 days.

By Wednesday 16 February, care workers will be asked to use rapid LFD tests before their shifts replacing the current system which included the use of weekly asymptomatic PCR tests.

I know how vital companionship is to those living in care homes and the positive difference visits make, which is why we continued to allow three named visitors and an essential care giver under Plan B measures.
— Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid

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