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‘Care homes won’t go back to normal yet’

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Care homes have a 'legal duty of care' says nurse

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Guidelines will be issued to advise homes how to allow visits as normally but safely as possible. They will have to keep essential infection prevention and control measures in place. But the cap of five named visitors for each resident with a maximum of two on one day will go. Mr Johnson said at the No10 press conference yesterday: “We will lift the limit on named visitors to care homes.” Afterwards care minister Helen Whately, below, said: “We will be taking some more steps as part of Step 4 of the road map. I don’t think visiting will completely go back to normal.

“There will still have to be some precautions. It’s step by step, getting things as close to normal as we can, while still protecting people who are at greater risk from Covid.”

Coronavirus ripped through care homes at the start of the pandemic.

Last month the Government announced it will make Covid vaccinations compulsory for care home staff. Other workers entering care homes, such as tradespeople, hairdressers and beauticians, will also have to follow the rules. Friends and family are exempt.

The Express campaigned for families and friends to be given better access to their loved ones during the pandemic.

Residents were denied visits and many were left to die without seeing their relatives.

West End actress Ruthie Henshall, who was unable to visit her mum Gloria for six months, led the delegation to Downing Street to deliver a 250,000-name petition.

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