Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Care Homes are working hard to have a protocol in place for Care Home visiting by Friday 3rd July, the council says.

This comes after the announcement by Health Secretary Jeane Freeman that some visiting restrictions will be eased on that date.

This phased reintroduction of visiting to care homes does not signify a return to normal with several restrictions still in place. Residents will be able to have one named "key visitor", they will have to stay outdoors, maintain physical distancing and wear a face mask for the duration of their visit.

A Comhairle spokesperson said: “Discussions are taking place with Care Home Managers about how to approach this easing of restrictions in the safest manner possible regarding infection control.

"We are confident that a protocol for visiting will be in place for each Care Home by July 3rd and we will be in touch with families early next week with further information.”