JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (WWSB) - At a press conference in Jacksonville, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that he will allow some visitors back into long-term care facilities with some restrictions.
Visitation has been limited due to COVID-19 but the governor will sign off on the changes sometime Tuesday.
Visitors must wear PPE and undergo temperature screenings before. They are limited to groups of two at a time and must make an appointment. Minors will not be allowed into the facilities.
The governor is expected to sign the order Tuesday evening. The homes can only implement the changes if two weeks have passed without a new coronavirus case.
The task force appointed by the governor made an important distinction about visitation. General visitors, who are designated by the residents, must stay socially distant when they see their loved one; however, essential care givers are allowed to touch residents. Essential care givers are health care workers who help residents in their daily lives.