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Care Homes: Visits

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN HL620, tabled on 26 May 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether visitors to care homes will need to be tested for COVID-19 after 21 June 2021.

Answered on

10 June 2021

Testing is crucial to help protect the people who are the most vulnerable to COVID-19 by identifying those who may unknowingly have the virus - enabling those who test positive and their contacts to self-isolate and break the chain of transmission.

To support effective infection prevention and control in care homes, care home visitors should continue to test, using rapid lateral flow tests in line with the current policy and produce a negative COVID test prior to their visit. In accordance with the roadmap, further announcements on policy from 21st June will be made in due course. Infection prevention and control measures, including testing, will continue to be important for protecting care home residents while ensuring we allow as much visiting as possible.