All care homes will be able to allow visits for Christmas, Matt Hancock says, amid growing criticism of delays in introducing safety measures.
As a trial at 20 homes finally gets underway – allowing relatives of residents to have pre-visit Covid tests – the health secretary said testing would be available across the country for the festive period.
Mr Hancock stressed the final decision whether to allow visits rested with individual home-owners and local councils, but said: “I hope to have that in place for all care homes by Christmas.”
Under current rules, friends and family can often only see loved ones through ‘prison-style’ screens, or windows. Others only allow outdoor or drive-through visits, or none at all.