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More restrictions eased for care homes

12 May 2021

Care home residents will be allowed five named visitors, up from two, from Monday 17 May, as the roadmap continues to open up social living in the UK. 

Self-isolation will no longer be required following visits to GPs, dentists and day centres and visits will only pause for a minimum of 14 days rather than 28 days following an outbreak.

A maximum of two of five named visitors will be allowed at any one time or on any given day.

Care Minister Helen Whately said: "I have heard first-hand from those living and working in care homes how difficult the restrictions have been.

“The new guidance allows more family and friends to reunite and reduces the need to self-isolate, which I know many have found incredibly challenging.  As we turn the tide on this cruel virus I want to make visiting as normal as possible by the summer, and this is an important step on that path.”