Government to ease social care restrictions

Following the success of the Omicron booster campaign, the Government has announced that from Monday 31st January, there will be no limit on the number of visitors allowed into care homes. Self-isolation periods for those receiving care who test positive will also be

reduced from 14 days to a maximum of 10 days.

Further changes include the removal of testing or self-isolation requirements following normal

visits out for care home residents.

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