Last reviewed 11 May 2021

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has confirmed that, as part of step three of the roadmap, here, the number of named family members or friends able to visit their loved ones in care homes will be increased from two to five, from 17 May.

However, the advice says a maximum of two visitors will be allowed at any one time or on any given day.

The Government’s guidance also states that self-isolation is no longer required after visits to GPs, dentists and day centres and care home visits will pause for a minimum of 14 days rather than the previous 28 days following a Covid-19 outbreak, assuming no variants of concern are identified.

Care home residents will also be able to go to medical appointments, a workplace, educational setting and day centres without having to self-isolate on their return, as the number of Covid-19 cases has reduced and 95% of older care home residents have receiving their first Covid-19 vaccination.

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The Government’s press release on these changes is available here.

Information on the further easing of Covid-19 restrictions confirmed for 17 May is available here.