Care home residents will be able to see their families over Christmas, no matter what tier of restrictions they are in, the government has announced.

Those visiting will have to test negative for COVID-19 before their visit.

Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock said:”I know how difficult it has been for people in care homes and their families to be apart for so long. The separation has been painful but has protected residents and staff from this deadly virus.

“I’m so pleased we are now able to help reunite families and more safely allow people to have meaningful contact with their loved ones by Christmas.

“This news has been made possible by the unprecedented strides made in testing technology and capacity, as well as extra PPE supplies.”