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COVID-19 & Texas Law

This guide is updated to reflect information pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic. Information in this guide is subject to change at any time.

Nursing Homes


Family Visitation

Long-Term Care Visitation 

Texas Law

On November 2nd, 2021, Texas voters approved Proposition 6(Senate Joint Resolution 19), a proposal to amend the Texas Constitution. The amendment allows residents of long-term care facilities like nursing homes and assisted living centers to choose an "essential caregiver". The caregiver may not be denied in-person visitation under most circumstances. Proposition 6 also allows the Texas legislature to create guidelines for essential caregiver visitation policies for these facilities.

Federal Guidance

Texas Guidance

Effective Sept. 24th, Governor Abbott's Executive Order No. GA-30 [PDF] allows some visitation at long-term care facilities. Governor Abbott's Executive Order No. GA-34 [PDF], effective March 10th, 2021 also instructs long-term care facilities to follow the guidance on visitation set by the Texas Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). Facilities must meet certain requirements before allowing visitors.

Before Sept. 24th, 2020

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