The French government is giving care home residents more freedom for the end of year holidays, allowing them out to spend time with their families and receive visits even if they are positive for COVID-19
PARIS — At the end of an often brutally lonely year for elderly care home residents in France, the government is giving them more freedom for the December holidays, allowing them out to spend time with their families and receive visits even if they are positive for COVID-19.
Roughly one-third of France’s more than 57,500 virus deaths have occurred in care homes. Residents have been subjected to strict confinement measures, including being limited to their rooms, to curb infections.
Residents who haven’t tested positive will be allowed out again to spend time with their families.
Residents who have tested positive will be allowed to receive up to two visitors in their room.
The rules said care home residents, “like the rest of the population, should benefit from the possibility to spend the end of year holidays in the company of their loved ones.”