Province will allow pharmacies to conduct symptomatic COVID-19 testing

Premier is confident protocols will be in place to protect shoppers

Ontario pharmacies will soon have the option to offer COVID-19 testing to symptomatic people.

Premier Ford told reporters on Tuesday he was confident protocols will be in place to protect shoppers, and he indicated masking policies remain in place and added there will be dedicated lines for testing.

Previously, testing was only allowed in a pharmacy if a person wasn’t showing any symptoms of the virus.

Government sources have told various media outlets this is an opt-in program for pharmacies, nothing mandatory.

Pharmacies will be able to offer PCR swab tests for people with symptoms, and they’ll act as a drop-off point for specimens collected at home.

Participating pharmacies will be required to put up signage indicating the location provides symptomatic testing. They will be required to have a dedicated space in which to perform the tests, as well as the time between tests to allow for sanitizing.