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Coronavirus: Advice for ministers – pastoral visiting

Find the latest information about pastoral visiting to people in their homes and rules around visiting care homes. Please read this guidance to discover more
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29 April 2021: Change to Section 3 to allow in Wales: up to six people to meet outdoors or in gardens, 2 designated visitors for each care home resident, and no limit on the number who may visit a care home resident outside or in a pod.

15 April 2021: Document restructured. Change to the number of named visitors for care home visiting in England from one to two.

1 April 2021: Change to the number of those who can meet outdoors in Wales from four to six.

18 March 2021: Changes to care home visit arrangements in both England and Wales; Addition of possibility of visiting someone outside or in a private garden in Wales.

10 March 2021: Wording amendments throughout to reflect changes since 8 March in England.

25 February 2021: Changes to Introduction to outline extra permission in England from 8 March for meeting one other person outdoors and for care home visiting indoors; Changes to Introduction to care home visit arrangements in Wales.

6 January 2021: Changes to Introduction to reflect national lockdown in England from 5 January.

20 December 2020: Inclusion of reference to tier 4 in England and ‘alert level 4 in Wales.

1 December 2020: Removal of national lockdown restrictions in England and firebreaker references in Wales. Inclusion in Introduction of information on England’s local restriction tiers.

5 November 2020: Addition at the document’s beginning of lockdown restrictions in England.

22 October 2020: Inclusion in Introduction of information on ‘firebreaker’ restrictions in Wales

19 October 2020: Inclusion of impact of three tiers of Covid-alert areas.

6 July 2020: Changes throughout in light of eased restrictions for people seeing each other in their homes.

24 March 2020: Guidance published

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