Relatives and their loved ones shared much joy and happy tears on being able to see each other in person.  Karen Archibald, who visited her mum Liz, said: “It’s so nice to finally get to hold mum’s hand. I’m looking forward to regular visits with mum.”

Karen Cooper, Home Manager at Lavender Fields, said: “It is wonderful to see the joy on residents’ faces today as we open up Lavender Fields for close contact visits. Touch is something we all look forward to, so to be able to hold hands with a loved one is such a small step but means so much. Close contact with a family member will  ensure that our residents’ wellbeing is maintained.”