JACKSONVILLE, Florida – Governor Ron DeSantis announced Tuesday that visits to nursing homes and assisted living facilities across Florida will resume.
The governor announced this during a roundtable discussion on visiting long-term care facilities at ElderSource in Jacksonville. He was joined by Mary Mayhew, Secretary of the Health Administration Agency, and Richard Prudom, Secretary of the Senior Affairs Department.
“Florida constitution is that you have the right to visit. We obviously had to put this on hold as part of the emergency to prevent the COVID from getting into the facilities,” DeSantis said. “We had a few exceptions, of course, so these are basically broader exceptions to the original rule. So it’s not completely back to normal, but it allows visits, which is important.”
According to DeSantis, the following visiting guidelines must be followed:
- All visitors must wear PPE and pass screening.
- All visits need to be made by appointment only.
- The residents can name up to five visitors – with two visitors each.
- Currently no minors are allowed on visits.
- No facility can accept visitors unless 14 days have passed without a positive case – expect an essential caregiver or emotional supporter.
Visits to long-term care facilities in Florida continue, but with restrictions: Governor DeSantis
The guidelines are expected to go into effect on Tuesday, but it is up to each facility to be ready to abide by the rules, DeSantis added.
Long-term care facilities, including nursing homes, have been closed to visitors since the coronavirus pandemic began earlier this year.
Watch the full round table discussion: