Updated: June 16, 2020 12:26 PM
Created: June 16, 2020 11:54 AM
ALBANY, N.Y. (WHEC) — Hospitals and group homes are now allowed to accept visitors at their discretion, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday.
The facilities must follow state guidelines including:
Cuomo also announced that group homes will be able to accept visitors starting on Friday
On Monday, parents and siblings of people who live in state-run group homes were protesting outside the state agency that runs the homes, the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities.
The last time they saw their sons, daughters, brothers and sisters in person was early in March.
There are currently 38,000 people in group homes in New York. Nearly 2,500 of them have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and nearly 380 have died.
Cuomo emphasized that nursing homes are not included and visitor restrictions are still in place for those facilities. He says it is still too risky for that vulnerable population.
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