PROVIDENCE, R.I. \u2014 Long-term care and assisted living facilities will be allowed to welcome visitors again Wednesday, July 8, provided that they abide by strict infection control measures to keep residents, staff, and family members safe, announced the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH).\nLast month, RIDOH provided guidance to facilities on how to develop safe visitation plans. Roughly two weeks ago, as facilities continued to work on their plans, RIDOH allowed facilities to start communal dining and communal activities again. Facilities that do not have visitation plans completed and approved by July 8th will be required to implement a standard\u00a0Visitation Plan for Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Residences\u00a0developed by RIDOH. Among other things, the standard plan states that:\n\n\n\n \tVisits will be limited to only those essential to the resident\u2019s physical and emotional well-being and care.\n \tAll visits must be scheduled in advance. Visits will be allowed for 30-minute increments.\n \tFacilities must actively screen everyone for fever and symptoms of COVID-19 before they enter.\n \tFacilities must keep a daily log with names and contact information for all visitors.\n \tOutdoor visits are preferred. If a visit must occur inside the facility, the visit shall be restricted to the resident\u2019s room or other area specifically designated for visits. If a resident\u2019s room is used for visitation, only one visitor per resident at a time is allowed in the resident\u2019s room.\n \tRegardless of the location of the visit, visitors must maintain a six-foot distance from staff and residents.\n \tAll visitors must wear a cloth face covering.\n \tAll visitors shall perform hand hygiene upon entry to the facility or to the outside visitation area or before entering the resident\u2019s room.\n\nWhile RIDOH has provided general guidance to facilities, and has developed a standard visitation plan for facilities without their own plans, all facilities are different. Some facilities may take different approaches, based on the uniqueness of their layout or resident community.