Indoor long-term care home visits to resume July 22 with two visitors at a time

Two people can visit a loved one outside the long-term care home, effective immediately

You will be able to visit a loved one inside their long-term care facility soon.

The Ontario Government announced on Wednesday indoor visits to the province’s long-term care homes can resume on July 22, but with some guidelines to follow.

Minister of Long-Term Care Merrilee Fullerton announced, effective immediately, up to two people can visit a resident of a long-term care home out-of-doors, without providing proof of a recent COVID-19 test.

By July 22, those visits will be allowed to occur indoors. Those visiting indoors will have to confirm verbally they’ve had a recent negative COVID-19 test.

“We must continue to be vigilant when visiting our loved ones in long-term care,” said Fullerton during a media conference Wednesday.

Outbreaks at Ontario long-term care homes became an increasing concern in the early months of the pandemic, despite an order from Ontario’s medical officer of health on April 3 to increase protections for residents and staff of these facilities.