Starting on Saturday, long-term care facilities in Ontario will start allowing their residents to receive visits from their loved ones, after a long wait.
According to a memo by the provincial government, the restriction was lifted in line with the re-opening of outdoor areas in these facilities on the same date. The memo reads, in part:
"To align with these changes, we are expediting the ability for family members and friends to visit their loved ones who live in long-term care homes across the province."
However, there will still be many restrictions in place regarding the nature and quality of these visits:
- No particular resident will be allowed to be visited by more than two people at the same time. Children under two years of age are exempted from this rule.
- All visitors will have to pass a health check before the visit takes place.
- Both residents and visitors will have to be masked the whole time
- Minimum social distancing regulations will be enforced between the residents and the visitors
If a particular facility doesn't have any appropriate outdoor areas for the visit to take place, provisions will be made for an appropriate area in the "general vicinity of the home".
Lockdown restrictions are slowly being lifted across the province lately.