Justice in Aging: CDC Relaxes COVID Guidance for Visits, Meals, and Other Communal Activities in Nursing Facilities

CDC Relaxes COVID Guidance for Visits, Meals, and Other Communal Activities in Nursing Facilities In response to increased vaccination rates, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new guidance this week that lifts certain restrictions on visits, dining, and other communal activities for fully vaccinated persons. The broad principle is that masks and physical distancing are not required if every person involved in the activity is fully vaccinated. Under the new guidance, therefore, masks and physical distancing are not required for visits if the resident and visitor(s) all are vaccinated. Likewise, vaccinated residents may dine and participate in group activities without masks or physical distancing, but only if every participating resident is vaccinated. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) revised its memo on visitation and testing guidance to incorporate these changes.