Care home residents over 65 will not be able to spend Christmas with their families, according to new rules.
Older care home residents will be expected to stay in their care homes during the five-day festive period.
The government’s latest advice states: “Spending time with others outside the care home will increase risk of exposure to coronavirus for the resident and the other residents in their home on their return, and is likely to place an additional burden on the care home.
“Given this, visits out of care homes should only be considered for care home residents of working age. Residents, their families and care homes should very carefully consider whether this is the right thing to do, or whether visiting at the care home would provide meaningful contact in a safer way.”
Guidance on how care home residents under 65 can spend Christmas with their families in England is expected to soon be published.
Families are expected to have to follow strict social distancing rules, including no hugs, plenty of hand washing and having good ventilation where possible.
Bubble members may have to limit social contact for two weeks before gathering and consider COVID-19 testing.
The guidelines are expected to require residents to isolate and take a coronavirus test before returning to their care home.
The news comes after the Prime Minister promised that care home residents would be able to receive two visits each week by the end of the year.