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Grandchildren able to hold hands with grandparents from TODAY under new care home lockdown rules

CHILDREN are finally to hold hands with their grandparents from today – under the government's lockdown lifting plans.

Care home residents will finally be allowed to have indoor visitors for the first time in months – which can include any family members including kids or grandkids.

It's not believed there is a lower limit for kids' ages, but visitors will be required to take a coronavirus lateral flow test before entry and personal protective equipment (PPE) must be worn.

Residents will be asked not to hug or kiss their relatives, though hand holding will be permitted.

They will be able to nominate one single person who is able to go and visit inside the care home.

Residents with the highest care needs will also be able to nominate an essential care giver too.

Visitors and residents are advised to keep physical contact to a minimum when they do come and visit.

More than one person is able to visit outside, or through a screen.

They don't have to have been vaccinated first, but they are encouraged to get it if they've been offered one.

It comes as part of the Government's lifting lockdown plans – which have seen kids back in school today.

And people are now finally able to sit outside on a park bench with one other friend or family member.

The Government met its target to offer all Brits over 70 a vaccine by the middle of February.

And three weeks from that, most people are expected to have a good level of protection.

From April 12 the Government wants to allow more visitors to care homes but hasn't confirmed this for definite yet.

They hope to expand it to two people per resident from the start of April.

They will consider the number of infections in the community and whether there are new variants before making any final calls.

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