Care home rule forcing residents to self-isolate after going out will be relaxed


The rules around care home residents needing to isolate after being visited outside of their home will be relaxed in England from June 21 as planned, the government has said.

This change comes despite delays to other Covid restrictions being lifted on June 21.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced this evening that the easing of coronavirus restrictions will be put off for a month.

However, the delay will not affect care home residents who meet people outside of their homes.

A spokesperson for the Prime Minister said: “The requirement for residents to isolate for 14 days after visits out of care homes will also be removed in most cases.”

It is not yet confirmed which cases will still require a 14-day isolation.

However, officials have indicated that care home residents will not need to isolate at all after visits outside their home, but may need to after hospital visits.

More detailed guidance is due to be published by the Department of Health and Social Care.

Boris Johnson extended lockdown beyond June 21 during a Downing Street press this evening amid spiralling coronavirus infections and hospitalisations.

Infections are up by 49% in a week, with the Delta Covid variant – first identified in India – making up the vast majority of new cases.

Meanwhile, hospitalisations have also increased by 15% in a week.