The comments made by Helen Whately, the Minister for Care, on 20 February 2021.
One of the hardest things during this pandemic has been seeing families desperate to be reunited with their loved ones kept apart and I absolutely want to bring them back together.
Throughout this pandemic we have sought clinical guidance on how visits can be conducted safely.
We had to restrict the majority of visiting when the new variant was discovered but we have done all we can to enable visits to continue in some form. That includes providing funding towards costs of screens and PPE.
As we begin to open up we will move step by step to increase visits while remembering we are still in the grip of a global pandemic.