The Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Response and healthcare authorities have issued recommendations to the country’s nursing homes advising against residents leaving the homes to visit family for the holidays. If a resident leaves the nursing home, they will have to quarantine for five days in their relative’s home. After a five-day quarantine, resident will be tested for COVID-19 before being admitted to the nursing home again.
Nursing homes are subject to strict COVID-19 infection prevention regulations to protect at-risk residents. Nursing home visits will continue to be limited over Christmas. Residents are able to receive one or two visitors per day who have to stay in the resident’s room as they aren’t allowed to visit the nursing homes’ communal spaces. Visitors have to wear masks and keep a social distance. Mealtime visits aren’t allowed and won’t be for the holiday season either.