The Vice Chair of the Assembly's Health Committee said, "This is something that will be warmly welcomed by both residents of care homes and their family members. We know that earlier this year the Commissioner for Older People raised serious concerns about possible breaches of human rights as a result of residents being denied visits from families for many months. Isolation and loneliness are huge issues for many older people and these must be balanced against the threat also posed by Covid-19.
This easing of restrictions is very welcome but there remains concerns in other areas, particularly around end of life visitations in hospitals. This is an exceptionally difficult and sensitive time for families and a restriction in the ability to visit a loved one increases the pain felt in such circumstances. We must be particularly mindful of the impact it can have on mental health and the grieving process.
The vaccination and booster programme are having an impact and whilst we must remain vigilant against the threat of Covid-19 that must be weighed against the impact which restrictions have on other areas of life."