Feds say nursing homes 'should allow' indoor visits, but residents in Washington, Idaho will have to wait

The federal government opened the door on Wednesday for visitors, vaccinated or not, to at last enter nursing homes to see family and friends. It’s been a year since nursing homes began to lock down to protect residents from the coronavirus.

But residents of Washington and Idaho long-term care facilities will have to wait a little bit longer before they can welcome outsiders. 

John Ficker, executive director of the Tumwater-based Adult Family Home Council, said he was among a large group of state officials and stakeholders who convened as soon as they could on Thursday to get to work on charting a path forward toward reopening Washington facilities. 

“People cleared

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