Long-term care visitor restrictions under review, new minister says

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Published February 2, 2022 at 12:15 pm

Ontario’s policy restricting visitors in long-term care homes could soon change. 

Long-Term Care Minister Paul Calandra says he’s reviewing the rules that took effect in late December to protect residents against the infectious Omicron variant of COVID-19. 

Calandra says he will have an update on the policy over “the next day or two.” 

His comments come as public health rules on social gatherings and businesses started lifting for the rest of the province this week. 

Ontario long-term care homes currently won’t accept general visitors or let residents leave for social trips, as more than half of the province’s homes contend with virus outbreaks.

Meanwhile, businesses that were shuttered last month during the Omicron case surge can now open to 50 per cent capacity and social gatherings can include 10 people indoors.

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This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 2, 2022. 

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