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UK Government Advice 


The guidance released for Scotland follows the First Minister’s Parliamentary COVID-19 statement yesterday relating to further population-based guidance and measures to take effect from midnight on Friday (17 December) to stem the flow of transmission of the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2. The letter emphasises that visiting and outings from care homes should continue to be supported and sets out the protective measures to support them. This includes stringent IPC, testing and recommendations to limit the number of households that meet with a resident at any one time to a maximum of two households. 

You can download and read the letter here.


We expect and encourage providers to facilitate visits wherever possible, and to do so in a risk-managed way. Visiting is an integral part of care home life. It is vitally important for maintaining the health, wellbeing and quality of life of residents. Visiting is also crucial for family and friends to maintain contact and life-long relationships with their loved ones, and to contribute to their support and care.

Guidance on visiting care homes England (15 December 21)  - Visit website 

Government Covid 19 advice for those who provide unpaid care (23 Nov 2021) - Visit website

Visits to Care Homes Wales (24 November 21) - Visit website