Childcare facilities in Maryland may return to full capacity, indoor visitation at nursing homes allowed

Posted at 4:25 PM, Oct 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-01 17:09:16-04

ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Larry Hogan and state schools Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon provided an update on the state’s COVID-19 response on Thursday.

Hogan stated effective immediately, as a result of new federal and state guidelines, indoor visitation may begin in all nursing homes that are not experiencing a current outbreak or have not experienced any new cases in the last 14 days.

Indoor visitation would not be permitted if the local jurisdiction’s positivity rate rises above 10%.

The new policy will make it more flexible for compassionate care visits to support residents who need emotional and spiritual support.

Dr. Salmon also announced that child care providers are now able to return to the full teacher to child ratios and capacities for which they are licensed.

Child care centers can now serve up to 20 3/4 year-olds in a room with a ratio of 1 teacher to 10 students and up to 30 school-age students with a ratio of 1 teacher to 15 students.

Dr. Salmon stated that child care providers must continue to adhere to federal and state guidance on health and safety protocols, as they have successfully done to this point.