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New Jersey Residents Stage Demonstration Asking Gov. Phil Murphy To Loosen Nursing Home Visitation Restrictions

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The pandemic is still keeping some residents in New Jersey from seeing and hugging their loved ones living in nursing homes. Some staged a demonstration Friday to get Gov. Phil Murphy to act faster to get them inside for visits; CBS2's Dave Carlin reports.

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- The pandemic is still keeping some residents in New Jersey from seeing and hugging their loved ones living in nursing homes.

- Today, some of them staged a demonstration to get Governor Murphy to act faster to get them inside for visits. CBS2's Dave Carlin reports from Trenton.

BILL BORELLE: COVID is no longer going to kill a vaccinated resident, but isolation can!

DAVE CARLIN: Bill Borelle is founder of FACE for Seniors. He organized this rally in Trenton aimed at getting New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy to open up visitation at nursing homes.

JENNIFER PARK: And she has declined immensely.

DAVE CARLIN: Jennifer Park of Glen Rock is talking about her mother Ruth Meyer, who's at a skilled nursing facility in Lakewood Township, where she says rules can deny up close and meaningful visits.

JENNIFER PARK: We've seen her just through this window and on the phone.

DAVE CARLIN: To them, New Jersey appears to be stalled, even though on Wednesday the Biden administration published more lenient federal guidelines for visits.

BILL BORELLE: Follow these new recommendations from our federal government!

DAVE CARLIN: Earlier this week, Governor Murphy said there is a roadblock of those who work in care facilities in New Jersey. Only half have been vaccinated. And the total number of outbreaks in the facilities stands at 273. The State Health Department is said to be reviewing the federal guidance. Diane Snyder of Hillsborough was joined by her sister Kathleen Snyder LaFave to talk about their mother, Sandra Snyder.

DIANE SNYDER: She is being kept from seeing her children and her grandchildren and hugging them.

KATHLEEN SNYDER: I have two little kids that, you know, used to play Candy Land with Granny. She lived for those visits, lived for them. And now, you know, we put our hands up against glass.

DAVE CARLIN: They say time is running out and Governor Murphy needs to act fast. This demonstration ended with a plea to all politicians that they realize loved ones are not just social visitors, they are essential caregivers. In Trenton, Dave Carlin, CBS2 News.