LONDON (AP) — The British government announced a small step out of the nation’s lockdown on Saturday – allowing nursing home residents to have a single friend or family member visit them indoors.
Residents and their visitors will be able to hold hands, but not hug.
The change takes effect on March 8th. For months, nursing home residents have only been able to see loved ones outdoors or through screens.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he will announce a “road map” out of lockdown on Monday. The government has stressed that easing restrictions will be slow and cautious. Store reopenings and outdoor socializing are unlikely before April, though children will go back to school from March 8th.
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Johnson’s Conservative government has been accused of reopening the country too