PEORIA — Though the timing is not clear, long-term care facilities in Illinois will soon be allowing outdoor visits between residents and their loved ones.
Earlier this week, the state Department of Public Health posted guidelines on its website allowing loved ones to visit residents who have been tightly quarantined in their facilities since the COVID-19 shutdowns began three months ago. No longer allowed into facilities, many family members have resorted to visiting their loved ones by standing outside their bedroom windows.
According to the guidelines, outdoor visits must be carefully supervised, and only two people are allowed to visit at a time. A minimum of six feet must be maintained between visitors and the resident, and everyone is required to wear masks for the duration of the visit.
Visitors must schedule an appointment, and the facility must prescreen visitors for COVID-19 symptoms over the phone not more than 24 hours before the visit. Visitors will be screened again when they arrive, and their temperatures will be checked.
Residents with active COVID-19 infections will not be allowed visitors.