Care home residents in England can begin to be reunited with one of their loved ones, the government has said, as it publishes new guidance.
Visits will resume in care homes once local authorities and local public health directors say it is safe.
Residents will be limited to seeing the same one visitor, where possible, the guidance says.
Some providers began allowing outdoor, socially-distanced visits in June, in the absence of government guidelines.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said it was now possible to “carefully and safely” allow visits to care homes, while taking into account “local knowledge and circumstances for each care home”.
People in registered residential care and those in nursing homes for people with learning disabilities, mental health or other disabilities in England will also be able to welcome visitors under the same guidance.
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