Restrictions on nursing home visits are to be eased from next Monday.
New guidance from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre says that, from 19th July, routine visits will not need to be scheduled in advance, and a list of nominated visitors will no longer be necessary.
The duration of a visit to a resident will not have to be limited, and the frequency of visits can also increase.
The HPSC also recommends that residents should face fewer restrictions in relation to outings outside the nursing home.
However, the guidance says no more than 2 visitors at any one time should be allowed, while limitations on visiting may be necessary where there's an outbreak of Covid-19.
The restrictions on visiting are being eased, as most staff and residents are fully vaccinated.
Tadhg Daly, CEO of Nursing Homes Ireland, has welcomed the changes.
Speaking with Midwest News, he said this is a progression to more normalised visiting arrangements in nursing homes......