Coronavirus (COVID-19): admission and care of people in care homes

How to protect care home residents and staff during the coronavirus outbreak.



This guidance is being reviewed following the publication of the adult social care action plan on 15 April 2020. We will publish updated guidance soon.

In the interim, please see the following paragraphs in the adult social care action plan for up-to-date guidance on:

  • testing for residents: paragraphs 1.27, 1.30, 1.32 and 1.33
  • testing for staff: paragraph 2.8
  • managing outbreaks: paragraph 1.23

See COVID-19: how to work safely in care homes for the latest guidance on PPE in care homes.

This guidance is for care homes, local health protection teams, local authorities, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and registered providers of accommodation for people who need personal or nursing care.

It sets out how to:

  • admit and care for residents safely
  • protect care home staff
Published 2 April 2020
Last updated 19 May 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated the guidance to add a loss of, or change in, normal sense of smell or taste (anosmia) as a symptom of coronavirus. The changes are in Section 2, Annex A and Annex B.

  2. Added a note to say that the guidance is being reviewed following publication of the COVID-19 adult social care action plan.

  3. First published.