More testing options are finally here. COVID-19 tests at Toronto pharmacies officially started on Friday as an effort to curb long line-ups and see more people. However, there are certain rules you need to follow before getting tested. 

Shoppers Drug Mart is one of the few pharmacies offering the highly sought-after test at several of its locations.

The appointments, which must be booked over the phone beforehand, can only be secured by people who are displaying no symptoms.

At the 1027 Yonge Street location, multiple signs could be seen hanging throughout the store, explaining the qualifications for being tested.

A pharmacist at the location informed Narcity that the store would not be taking any walk-ins. 

In order to get a test, you would need to book a pre-screener at 11:00 a.m.

Staff also noted that the procedure would be mostly reserved for frontline workers, international students, and long-term workers.

The Ontario government announced on September 24 that not everyone should be getting tested for COVID-19. 

Those who are attending these new centers should only do so if they work in a setting that has a COVID-19 outbreak or are part of targeted testing. 

“Individuals must follow all public health measures when going for a test, including wearing a mask, practising physical distancing, and frequent handwashing. If you are feeling ill on the date of your appointment, please stay home and re-schedule your test,” a statement from Ford’s government read.

Ontario testing centres have become overwhelmed in recent weeks with many reaching capacities before even opening their doors.

Now, with multiple pharmacy testing sites across Ontario, the government is hoping this will help with the congestion. 

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