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Coronavirus / Care home visits to resume next month

INDOOR care home visits are set to resume in Scotland from early March, the government has confirmed.

Residents will be allowed up to two designated visitors, who can visit once a week with PPE.

The Scottish Government said it “strongly encouraged” people to also take a Covid test on-site.

Health secretary Jeanne Freeman said: “The decisions regarding restrictions on visiting for care home residents have been some of the most difficult we have faced and I have the greatest sympathy for those who have been unable to see relatives and loved ones in person for so long.

“Care home staff have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to support continued contact between residents and their loved ones but these restrictions have been hugely challenging for them, as well as for care home staff and colleagues.

“We deeply regret the deaths and other harm caused by coronavirus in our care homes, but we also recognise the harm caused to the wellbeing of residents and families as a result of an inability to see those they love.

“We must remain vigilant about the risks but with multiple layers of protection now in place the balance is in favour of allowing visits. Everyone, including visitors, has a responsibility to ensure that visits take place as safely as possible by continuing to follow safety advice.”

Guidance to be published on Wednesday (24 February) will support care providers to resume visiting.