Doug Ford has announced that you will now need an appointment to get a COVID-19 test in Ontario assessment centres.

In a Friday press conference, the premier revealed that the rules will be implemented starting October 6.

The premier also mentioned that starting October 4, testing centres will no longer be accepting walk-ins. 

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Starting Tuesday, October 6, all assessment centres will be moving to appointment-based testing only.

Premier Doug Ford


The changes are being made in order to grant patients more certainty when it comes to their testing process, according to a news release

"As weather begins to worsen, we can’t have people waiting in the cold, waiting in the rain and snow to get a test," said Ford. 

The move comes after rising demand for tests resulted in massive lineups forming across the province.

Ford also brought in the option to get tested at your local pharmacy for those who have no symptoms.

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