NEW YORK  - New York state is restoring visitation to nursing homes on a limited basis, Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker announced Friday, nearly four months after they were banned due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Nursing homes and long term-care facilities that have been without COVID-19 for at least 28 days will be allowed to resume limited visitations, per guidance by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Each resident will be permitted two visitors at a time, but only 10 percent of a facility’s residents may have visitors at any one time.

Visitors must undergo temperature checks, wear face coverings and maintain social distance during the visit, and least one of a patient’s two visitors must be at least 18 years old.

“I know how painful it has been for residents of these facilities to endure such a long period of time without seeing family and loved ones,” Zucker said, “and my hope is that this adjustment to the visitation policy will provide some comfort to everyone.” Read more at Hamodia