Province Loosens Rules For Absences At Long Term Care

Posted: 2020-08-31 07:30:05 By: thebay

The province announced on Friday that long-term care residents can once again leave their residences for short-stay and temporary absences.

Following the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, residents can spend time away from their long-term care homes for day trips or overnight absences. When they return, residents must be actively screened but are not required to be tested or to self-isolate.

Dr. Merrilee Fullerton says "As Ontarians begin to resume their pre-COVID activities, residents in long-term care will be able to get out and about in their communities and spend time with loved ones again."

An updated policy for visits to long-term care homes will be released this week by the province.