Governor Issues New Visitation Guidance
Friday, June 19, 2020 Update, 7 pm -
This afternoon at 4 pm, we received an Executive Directive from Governor Murphy’s office updating the Visitation Guidance for long term care facilities.
We are very happy to inform you that the restrictions for visitation are changing to allow for outdoor visits on a “by appointment only” basis. We will work diligently to put the proper procedures in place to maintain the safety of our residents, staff, and all family members. As you can imagine, these procedures take time to plan and correctly implement, and it is now our first priority to facilitate visits for our residents who have missed their loved ones so much.
Although the Governor’s directive suggests that in-person outdoor visitation can begin on June 21, 2020, “provided that the facility implements all of the…safety, care, and infection prevention and control measures,” please understand that this list of requirements is long and complex. For this reason, we are writing to let you know that in order to meet the guidelines and complete the required attestation documents the State requires before visits can begin, we feel we will be prepared to accept visitor appointments starting Wednesday, June 24. Please note that among other limitations, only 2 visitors per resident, per visit, will be allowed per the directive.
We know this is very exciting news, and we appreciate your patience for just a few more days so we can do the work that needs to be done to get this right! We will contact families via email as soon as we are ready to safely reunite our residents and their loved ones in an outdoor location with registration protocols, social distancing, and staffing requirements all in place. Please continue to check our website for updates.