Visitors will soon be allowed back to see loved ones at long-term care facilities, but only under specific guidelines.
According to an announcement from the Baker administration earlier this week, those who want to visit residents at nursing homes or long-term care facilities can begin scheduling them starting on June 3.
Since March, all non-essential visitors or workers of long-term care facilities have been banned from visiting due to the risk of the coronavirus pandemic. Analysis of the spread of COVID-19 has shown that nursing homes have been at particularly high risk.
For those who wish to visit beginning June 3, here are the basic guidelines:
- No more than two people can visit an individual resident at one time, and visits must be pre-scheduled and occur in designated outdoor spaces.
- Every visitor will pass through a temperature screening before being allowed access, and anyone showing a fever at or greater than 100.0 F or who is also showing symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to visit the resident.
- Guests are required to wear a face covering during the entirety of their visit, and must maintain at least six feet of distance between themselves and the resident as well as any healthcare professional present.
- A healthcare professional employee of the facility must be present for the entirety of the visit.
- If a visitor develops symptoms of COVID-19 within 48 hours, they must alert the facility.