Federal officials issued revised guidelines for nursing homes on Wednesday, saying people should now be allowed to visit residents indoors in most cases. The guidance, issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), would allow for visits regardless of the visitor or resident's vaccination status.

The guidance, which is effective immediately, says nursing homes should allow "visitation at all times and for all residents" in most situations. The only scenarios in which facilities should limit visitation are:

If a case of COVID-19 is identified, facilities should suspend visits until everyone in the facility, including staff, has been tested. Visits can be permitted even if there are outbreaks in facilities, so long as the cases are contained to "a single unit or separate area of the facility," the guidance says.

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