Limited visits to nursing homes resumed around the country today, three months after Covid-19 visiting restrictions were introduced.

It has been a difficult number of weeks for many homes, their residents and families.

Reopening is dependent on how the homes implement the recommendations of the Health Protection Surveillance Centre.

It has advised that visits should not last more than 30 minutes, so most homes have introduced booking systems to enable them stagger visitors throughout the week.

But not all homes opened today nor were they required to unless the person in charge feels it is safe to do so.

Homes with confirmed or suspected Covid-19 cases will not receive visitors and other homes are awaiting result of tests for asymptomatic staff and residents.

A number of residential settings have chosen to open at a slower more phased basis.