The state Department of Health will start relaxing rules around nursing homes visits, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Friday.
“I said from the beginning, I believe reopening is going to be accelerated by testing and we have been moving down that path,” Cuomo said.
Rapid COVID-19 tests will be provided for free to nursing homes, Cuomo said.
It was unclear when the new rules would take effect.
In July, the state had said that visits would be allowed at nursing homes and long-term care facilities that have been without COVID-19 for at least 28 days, a threshold set by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
In September, that requirement was reduced to 14 days.
Cuomo said Friday that 73 percent of nursing home residents have been vaccinated.