As Ontario enters Step 3 of reopening framework, Province easing restrictions for congregate care settings

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Published July 15, 2021 at 8:14 pm

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The Province has announced, as Ontario moves into Step 3 of the reopening framework, it is easing restrictions for congregate care settings.

As of Friday (July 16), residents of residences for adults with developmental disabilities, residences for children in care or with special needs, along with women’s shelters will be better able to spend more time with family and friends.

As part of Step 3, residents will be permitted to host both indoor and outdoor visitors, both essential and non-essential, and recreational activities and overnight stays outside of the residence, as long as appropriate precautions are adhered to, are also permitted.

Additionally, residents will still be required to adhere to other public health measures, including wearing face coverings in indoor public settings.

“As we cautiously reopen the province, we know how important it is for people in congregate care settings to spend time with their loved ones outside of care settings, where they can share activities and special moments together,” Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services, said in a news release.

“This has been made possible by the people of Ontario rolling up their sleeves and getting vaccinated, and by the dedicated staff who have been supporting congregate care residents across the province,” she continued.

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