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Indoor visits now allowed with residents at Ontario long-term care homes

Last Updated Jul 22, 2020 at 6:35 am EDT

A resident sits in her room at a seniors' residence in Montreal, on Jan. 30, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Summary

Only two people will be allowed to visit a resident a time indoors at a long-term care home


Indoors 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 last 14 days


Indoor visits can resume Wednesday in Ontario’s long-term care homes; however, those visits come with conditions.

The Ford government made the announcement last week.

Only two people will be allowed to visit a resident at 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 last 14 days.

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

Previously, only one visitor per resident was allowed at a maximum of one visit per week, and only for an outdoor visit. As of July 15, two people at a time were able to visit a loved one at a long-term care home outdoors. However, they don’t need to get a COVID-19 test first.

With files from The Canadian Press