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Coronavirus: People in care homes to be reunited with families as visits to resume | UK News

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People in care homes are set to be reunited with family members as the government said visits will be allowed after being stopped due to the coronavirus crisis.

Visits will resume in specific care homes once local directors of public health and local authorities decide it is safe to do so, the Department of Health and Social Care said.

Risk assessments will be done prior to homes being reopened, and visits that take place will involve face coverings and social distancing measures.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “I know how painful it has been for those in care homes not being able to receive visits from their loved ones throughout this period.

“We are now able to carefully and safely allow visits to care homes, which will be based on local knowledge and circumstances for each care home.

“It is really important that we don’t undo all of the hard work of care homes over the last few months while ensuring families and friends can be safely reunited, so we have put in place guidance that protects everyone.”

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