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Visiting rules to care homes relaxed

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Restrictions that limit the number of visitors to care homes are being relaxed.

From today, Monday 31 January, there will be no limit on the number of visitors allowed at care homes. Self-isolation periods will be cut, and care homes will only have to follow outbreak management rules for 14 days, not 28.

The government says that because of the success of the booster programme – some 86.5 per cent of all care home residents have now had their booster jab – the restrictions in adult social care can be eased.

By Wednesday 16 February, care workers will be asked to use lateral flow device tests before their shifts, replacing the current system which included the use of weekly asymptomatic PCR tests.

And there will be changes to testing and isolation requirements for those receiving care.

Read more about the changes online.