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Coronavirus (COVID-19): adult care homes visiting guidance

Guidance for care homes on phasing in the re-introduction of visiting.

12 Oct 2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19): adult care homes visiting guidance

This guidance sets out how care home visiting may be gradually increased while minimising risks to residents, staff and visitors.

There are two main sets of guidance for care homes, focussed on resuming:

  • visiting by friends and family
  • wellbeing activities and visits by professionals and others

The guidance recommends care homes take a staged approach to resuming visiting. In addition, the guidance sets out actions to mitigate risks to residents, visitors and staff. For all care homes, regardless of Covid status, essential visits should be generously supported where possible to do so safely, without a defined time limit. 


This guidance is listed in date order:

About this guidance

The guidance has been produced by the Care Homes Clinical and Professional Advisory Group (CPAG), a multi-disciplinary group chaired by members of the Chief Medical Officer and Chief Nursing Officer directorates. The group has been established to provide clinical and professional advice throughout the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Care Homes CPAG will continue to review the guidance taking account of changes in the emerging picture around COVID-19.




First published: 12 Oct 2020 Last updated: 17 Nov 2020 -