12 January 2021
Guidance updated in line with the national restrictions introduced on 6 January.
Applies to: England
This guidance applies to residential care settings for older people and adults of working age. Separate guidance will apply for those in supported living settings.
For the duration of this national lockdown care home residents must follow the national restrictions. People must stay at home and must not gather indoors unless one of the specified exemptions apply. This means that a resident will not in general be able to meet another household indoors (for example, visit their family in the family’s home).
Similarly, there are restrictions on meeting people from other households outside, which will also limit what is practical or appropriate in light of the individual’s care and support needs.
Care homes should, however, support visits out in exceptional circumstances, such as to visit a friend or relative at the end of their life.
Outward visits should happen only in agreement with the home and subject to individual and whole home risk assessments.