Health Minister Robin Swann has said a review of care home visiting in Northern Ireland will be completed by the end of the week.
Mr Swann (pictured) made the announcement following an Assembly question from Alliance South Belfast MLA Paula Bradshaw on when visiting will be reviewed for care homes and maternity wards, BelfastLive reported.
Face to face visiting in care was suspended in April 2020 but restrictions were eased in October 2021.
Current guidance, which is reviewed every four weeks, permits up to four people from no more than two households, with a maximum of four visits a week.
Ms Bradshaw, who is a member of the Health Committee, said she hoped to see a further easing of restrictions.
She said: “Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, I have received distressed communication from constituents who were so anxious to be able to visit loved ones in care homes or wanted to accompany their partners to ante-natal appointments.”