The Oregon Department of Human Services began allowing limited indoor visitation at assisted living communities, residential care facilities and nursing homes in the state on Monday.

Under the policy, facilities cannot have any coronavirus cases and must be located in communities with a low or medium rate of community spread. Restrictions also exist on the number and length of visits, and there are requirements related to health screening, social distancing, face masks, hand hygiene and dedicated visiting areas.

Facilities in high incidence areas will be limited to compassionate caregiver visits. 

The state’s new policy is based almost entirely on guidance issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in September for nursing home visitation. The state began allowing limited outdoor visitation in July.