Update to Residential Visitation Guidelines Released by DDD

July 28, 2020

Indoor Visits Now Allowed

Originally posted 6/19/2020

On July 23, the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) released updated guidance for residential providers that now permit indoor visitation for their residents with family and friends. This revised guidance is effective on Sunday, July 26 and is subject to certain requirements.

Any indoor or outdoor visits must adhere to DDD’s existing residential screening policy. Additional requirements of these visits include the following:

  • Participants should remain 6 feet from each other during the visit
  • Visitors must wear face coverings and the resident will be encouraged to wear one, if possible
  • Outdoor location must be agreed upon by the provider
  • At the conclusion of the visit, the provider must disinfect all surfaces contacted by the visitors

What Families Should Expect

We strongly encourage families to review this guidance before contacting your loved one’s provider to schedule a visit. When scheduling a visit with the provider, families should also inquire if the provider has any additional requirements. DDD also states that this guidance will be adjusted as more is learned about the virus.

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