New York’s Andrew Cuomo lifts nursing home restrictions allowing families to visit once again as embattled governor fights scandals on several fronts

 The embattled governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, has finally lifted COVID-19 visitation restrictions at state nursing homes.

The restrictions had been in place since the start of the pandemic last year.

Persistently high rates of COVID-19 had left the majority of the state’s nursing homes off limits to visitors, despite relaxed guidance meant to help reopen them.

Until this week, under state and federal rules, they could admit visitors only if they had no new infections among either patients or staff for 14 days.

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