ALBANY, N.Y. -- The New York State Department of Health has relaxed visitation restrictions at nursing homes to align with federal guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
CMS revised its recommendations for nursing home visitation on Nov. 12, saying “visitation is now allowed for all residents at all times” as long as visitors do not have COVID-19, symptoms of the virus or meet the criteria for quarantine. Staff will still screen visitors for COVID-19 symptoms before entering a facility.
There are no more restrictions on the length or frequency of visits, but visitors are still advised to wear masks and practice social distancing in high-transmission areas, regardless of vaccination status.
Residents can have multiple visitors at a time, but social distancing rules will still be in place.
Some facilities may have stricter guidelines still in place based on the COVID-19 rates in that area. Visitors should check with individual nursing homes about their visitation policies.
You can read the updated guidance in full below: