Worcestershire County Council has announced a ban on care home visits in Bromsgrove following a rise in coronavirus cases.
Only essential visits are being allowed in the town after the number of coronavirus cases rose from six to 22.
Dr Kathryn Cobain, Director for Public Health for Worcestershire, said: “We realise lockdown separated many families and how important care home visits have been. Sadly, stopping visits to care homes is a necessary measure to protect our most vulnerable in Bromsgrove.
“We have not taken this decision lightly. I am concerned about the rising numbers of COVID cases in Bromsgrove and have a duty to protect our most vulnerable. The measure is a sensible, precautionary move while we assess the cases and look at how we can reduce the figures.
“Our priority remains keeping our residents safe and our care homes free of COVID. Public Health teams will continue to work with our care homes to establish when it will be safe again for the re-opening for visits. This is a reminder to us all that COVID remains in our communities and the places we visit.”
The ban is the latest to be announced by councils around the country as the number of coronavirus cases rises.
Similar restrictions have been recently announced by Wolverhampton City Council and in Caerphilly, Wales and parts of Coventry.