To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans the Government has to change the current guidance on care home visits during the covid-19 outbreak.
9 September 2020
Our aim is to enable residents to be reunited safely with their loved ones. This guidance will be updated as the risk posed by COVID-19 continues to change.
On 22 July 2020 the Government published updated guidance on visiting arrangements for care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. This guidance is available at the following link:
Our first priority is to prevent infections in care homes and therefore visits should be carried out with caution.
Care homes can develop their visiting policies based on a local dynamic risk assessment, taking into account the circumstances and needs of the individual care setting, including both residents and staff, and the external COVID-19 environment. The process of considering visitors should be led by the relevant local Director of Public Health.