People could be allowed to visit their relatives in care homes within weeks, a minister has suggested.
Care minister Helen Whately told Sky News she wants to see a return to in-person visits as England’s COVID-19 lockdown is eased.
People would not have to wait for their relatives to receive their second vaccine dose before seeing them, she suggested.
“What I want to do as we come out of the national lockdown is also increase the amount of visiting,” Ms Whately told Sky News.
“I don’t see that we have to wait for the second vaccination dose, I want us to open up sooner than that.
“But I will say with this and generally as we come out of lockdown, we do have to be cautious.
“Most residents in care homes have only had their first dose and some of them only very recently, so it will be step by step.
“I’m determined so that we can see people go back to be able to hold hands again and to see somebody who you haven’t been able to see very much in the last few months and over the last year.
“I really want to make that happen again.”