Government guidance for visits to care homes
Government guidance varies depending on whether you are visiting someone in a care home or a resident is having a visit outside of the home.
Visitors should be tested using rapid lateral flow tests before every care home visit, must wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and follow all other infection control measures (which the care home will guide them on) during visits.
Visitors and residents may wish to hold hands, but should bear in mind that any physical contact increases the risk of transmission. For this reason, there should not be close physical contact such as hugging.
Visiting outside a care home
Care home residents leaving the home for a low risk visit, such as a walk in the park, will no longer have to self-isolate for 14 days when they return.