Matt Hancock has announced that the long period of self-isolation in care homes is coming to an end very soon. The Health Secretary explained “people are yearning to see their loved ones” and said announcements will be made in the “next few days”. He hinted that indoor visits would be within the allowed restrictions.
Speaking to ITV News, Mr Hancock said: “We’ve been very very careful to ensure that visitors don’t bring coronavirus back into a care home but in the next few days we will be setting out how COVID secure visiting can happen in care homes.
“How we can have more visits of loved ones in a way that is very careful and in a way that keeps care homes safe.
“There’ll be more details soon but I think that people are yearning to see their loved ones and the residents of care homes get so much from visitors.
“It’s been a very, very long period and that period where there hasn’t been any visiting to care homes, that’s coming to an end very soon.”
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The Health Secretary added: “I very much hope that in the next few days we’ll be able to make this change.
“I hope you understand we’ve been very careful about it and we’ve got to get it right.
“We’ve got to make sure it works for each local area but I hope we can make that change very soon.”
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