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Indoor visits with residents at Ontario long-term care homes set to resume

Last Updated Jul 15, 2020 at 1:48 pm EDT

A long-term care home. (Photo by Jonas Güttler/picture alliance via Getty Images)

Province says indoor visits with conditions will be permitted as of July 22

Last month, Ontario allowed for the "cautious" restart of visits to homes are not currently experiencing an outbreak

The Ford government announced Wednesday that as of July 22, indoor visits will be permitted in Ontario’s long-term care homes but with conditions.

Only two people will be allowed to visit a resident a time, and those visits can only take place at long-term care homes with no active COVID-19 cases. Visitors will need to have a negative COVID-19 test within the previous two weeks.

Essential caregivers will also be allowed back into the facilities when visits resume.

Indoor visits are currently limited to essential workers and families of palliative patients.

The province also said that effective immediately, two people at a time can visit a loved one at a long-term care home outdoors. However, they won’t have to get a COVID-19 test first.


Last month, the province allowed for the “cautious” restart of visits to homes that are not currently experiencing an outbreak. At the time, only one visitor per resident at a maximum of one visit per week has been allowed for an outdoor visit.

With files from The Canadian Press