WARRINGTON Borough Council has confirmed its position on whether residents can visit relatives living in care homes in the town.

Greater coronavirus restrictions were placed on the town last week in an attempt to slow the spread of Covid-19, including rules not to host people you do not live with in your own home or garden.

But among this, there may have been some confusion over whether visiting care settings was permitted, especially given the problems they faced during the virus’ peak.

Now, the council has clarified that in line with national guidance, people should seek alternative methods to contact relatives in care homes and only visit in ‘exceptional circumstances’.

A council spokesperson said: “Our first priority is the wellbeing and safety of residents and reducing the risk of coronavirus transmission in care homes, which is particularly important at this time when transmission rates are rising.

“At present, in line with national guidance, there continue to be restrictions on visitors to care homes, with alternative methods sought wherever possible.

“The current situation is that face to face visiting is only taking place in exceptional circumstances in order to keep residents and care workers as safe as possible.

“We understand that not being able to visit loved ones in person is upsetting for many people, but we must ask for everyone’s support and patience as we work together in these difficult circumstances.

“Care homes across the borough are working hard to keep people safe, and through their own risk assessments, they are reviewing methods for contact as well as keeping loved ones updated.

“We would encourage family and friends to maintain contact as much as possible in other ways such as writing, speaking online or over the phone, as this can help make a big difference.”