WILTSHIRE Council says it is working with care providers as plans are made to allow visits to care homes.

Following the latest guidance from government published on July 22, the council is providing advice and information on the measures care homes will need to take to reopen safely.

These include risk assessments and COVID visitor policies and ensuring all checks are completed in line with the national guidance.

Kate Blackburn, Interim Director of Public Health, explained: “We know families have been waiting patiently and they will be keen to visit loved ones as soon as it is safe to do so.

“We have worked with our colleagues across health and care to review the latest government advice and assess whether visiting is likely to be appropriate within Wiltshire, based on local data and public health intelligence.

“We are now working closely with care providers as they prepare clear, robust plans for their own setting, as the most important consideration is to keep residents safe.”

Care homes will be contacting families directly with detailed information - so relatives should wait for this advice rather than contact the home separately.

Risk assessments will have to be reviewed regularly and visiting may need to be suspended in the light of a local or an individual care home outbreak.