COVID-19: Interim Visitation Guidance for Certified Residential Facilities
On January 4th, 2022, the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) issued an update to its Visitation and OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard Guidance.
This update reinstates previous restrictions for visiting Certified Residential Facilities due to the current surge in COVID cases. Some of the restrictions OPWDD reinstated include:
- Visitation must not occur with any individuals who are currently in mandatory quarantine or isolation.
- All visits must be scheduled ahead of time and approved by the provider agency. Visits shall be staggered so as not to have multiple families visiting in a shared space at one time and to ensure adequate time to clean any common areas or high touch surfaces between visits.
- Number of visitors per resident should be limited based on the size of the facility and space allocated within the home for visits.
- Visitors should be limited and, where multiple visitors are permitted, then such visitors should be, to the extent possible, members of the same family or household.
Please take the time to read these documents carefully, as OPWDD outlines several more changes to the previous expectations for visiting Certified Residential Facilities.