There were tears of joy at the start of the month at Jewish Care homes, including at the Anita Dorfman House in Stanmore, as designated visitors were able to hold hands with their loved ones for the first time in almost a year.
Norma Nash, a resident at Anita Dorfman House, was visited by one of her daughters, Amanda Patashnik.
She said: “When I had my vaccine I cried with relief, I’m so excited to see mum. It’s been a year and we are all so close.
“Jewish Care had facilitated amazingly well-organised pod visits, but it was also sad. It’s not the same speaking through a monitor and a sheet of glass. It’s a blessing to see her.”
Jewish Care chief executive Daniel Carmel-Brown said: “I’m delighted that these visits can begin now that the government has eased restrictions. I look forward to welcoming many more designated visitors as they reunite with their loved ones in the coming days and weeks.”