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Three-visitor limit ‘very likely’ in care homes, report

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The government is “very likely” to introduce a three-visitor limit on care home visits as part of its response to the Omicron threat this Christmas, it has been reported.

A source told the Daily Telegraph the move to limit visitors was “still awaiting ministerial clearance” and “could still be vetoed by Number 10”.

The report comes as the government today imposes mask wearing in more indoor spaces in a bid to curb the spread of the Omicron variant.

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A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “Our priority throughout the pandemic has been the safety of care home residents and staff and we continue to keep our guidance under review in line with the latest public health advice.

“We appreciate how important care and companionship from visitors is and the positive difference this makes to the health and wellbeing of care home residents.

“We will continue to take advice from our leading scientists regarding any changes to guidance on care home visiting.”

Helen Wildbore, director of the Relatives & Residents Association, said: “This would be a devastating blow to people living in care and their families with Christmas around the corner. For some, this will be their last Christmas, after 21 long months of stringent restrictions on their contact with loved ones. Our helpline continues to hear the serious impact this is having, not just on relationships but on resident’s health and wellbeing. Having to choose three people will lead to heart-breaking decisions for families who have already been through so much.”

The report came as an open letter was sent to the Prime Minister by the Relatives & Residents Association along with 159 organisations calling on him to secure human rights protections.

The letter, which coincided with Human Rights Day today, was sent due to concerns over a government review of the Human Rights Act.

 

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