Infection prevention and control measures will remain in place for care homes after the lifting of lockdown restrictions on 19 July, the government has said.
While the limit on the number of named visitors will be removed as part of step 4 of the roadmap, the use of PPE and other infection prevention and control measures will continue.
A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson (DHSC) told CHP: “Protecting care homes has been a priority throughout the pandemic and we have provided over £2 billion in funding to support this, on top of free PPE and prioritisation of staff and residents for vaccinations.
“People in care homes are often the most at risk of serious illness and death due to COVID-19, therefore we need to take extra precautions in these settings.
“The cap on the number of named visitors for care home residents will be removed from the current maximum of five per resident, while infection prevention and control measures will remain in place to protect the most vulnerable.”
The DHSC statement comes after the PM’s announcement on Monday that PPE wearing and social distancing will no longer be required for the general public from 19 July.
Care leaders called for COVID-19 safety measures, including the compulsory use of PPE, to remain in place in care homes following the PM’s announcement.