Ontario Further Eases Long-Term Care Home Restrictions

Published on June 30, 2021

 

The health and safety of residents and staff, including their mental and emotional wellbeing, remains our top priority.

 

Working with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and based on feedback from residents, their families, and other partners, the Ministry of Long-Term Care’s guidance document has been updated to set out the following:

 

  • Residents can have outdoor visits of up to 10 people.
  • All residents may have up to two general visitors and two caregivers for an indoor visit.
  • Personal care services can resume.
  • Cohorting of residents can be relaxed during outdoor activities.

 

As well, there is no longer a limit on the number of people who can be designated as a caregiver by a resident or their substitute decision-maker.

 

A further easing of restrictions is planned to align with the timing of Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen. These changes are expected to include:

 

  • Removing the limits on the number visitors to the homes
  • Permitting buffet and family style dinning
  • Providing that all residents will be able to go on absences regardless of immunization status
  • Resumption of off-site excursions for residents.
  • Resumption of activities such as singing and dancing.

 

The province continues to actively monitor COVID-19 activity, particularly in this vulnerable sector.