After a whirlwind of a controversy surrounding Andrew Cuomo’s handling of nursing homes during the pandemic, Democratic lawmakers are now urging the New York Governor to lift remaining restrictions for visits to nursing homes.
As it stands, some nursing homes are allowing one or two visitors at a time to visit loved ones for as little as 30 minutes once or twice a week. After multiple curbs on nursing homes and a whopping count of deaths, now that relaxations are underway in all other spheres of life, a dozen Democratic lawmakers wrote a letter to Cuomo, asking to ease these visit restrictions.
“In the year before vaccinations became available, our seniors endured loneliness and isolation that had very real impacts on their physical and mental health,” the lawmakers wrote in the July 12 letter to Cuomo. “While the majority of New Yorkers have had the opportunity to resume a life of pre-COVID-19 activity, seniors in many nursing homes have been excluded.”
New York’s Department of Health released updated rules last week that said nursing homes can face citation and enforcement actions for restricting visitation without a “reasonable clinical or safety cause” under federal law.