Visitors to be welcomed back into care homes

Care home residents are set to be reunited with friends and family as visits begin again following the publication of new government guidance on 22 July.
Care home worker in PPE and resident

Covid-19 and lockdown have been a difficult and isolating experience for care home residents and their families, but the rate of community transmission has fallen and care homes can now arrange visits based on new guidance to limit further outbreaks, and protect staff and residents.

It may be possible to visit your loved ones if this is agreed with the care home in advance. You will be required to take safety precautions including face coverings, and social distancing measures. The care home may ask the visit to take place in an outside space like a communal garden if that's possible.  

There should be a single constant visitor, per resident, wherever possible. This is to limit the overall number of visitors to the care home so that there is less risk of infection. A constant visitor is a nominated person, a son, or wife for example, who can visit the resident.

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.
— Matt Hancock, Health and Social Care Secretary
It is expected all care homes will still only relax visiting arrangements for specific individual needs and continue to take the health protection of the whole care home as their main objective, but those wishing to visit should speak to the care homes before a planned visit.
— Minister for Care, Helen Whately

The guidance will be updated as the risk posed by coronavirus continues to change. To view the latest version of the guidance please go to the government website by using the button below.

Find out more

Looking for information about health and care?

Find advice and information to help you stay well and make decisions about your health and social care support.

Find advice and information