LANSING, Mich. — A new MDHHS order will allow outdoor visits at residential facilities like nursing homes, according to a news release Thursday.
Visitation has been limited for months now since Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order to protect residents, visitors and staff during the pandemic.
The new order is effective Sept. 15.
“Limiting visitation has saved lives,” MDHHS Director Robert Gordon said. “And seeing loved ones in person is important for mental health. Allowing outdoor visits – with proper precautions such as requiring social distancing and masks – is good for residents and can keep everyone safe.”
The new order is based in part on recommendations from Whitmer’s Nursing Home Preparedness Task Force, as well as a flattening of the COVID-19 curve and feedback from families and advocates.
Coronavirus outbreaks in congregate facilities declined 19 percent last week.
Local health departments will be allowed to stop visitation if necessary.