It might be the best news for Ontario's seniors in a full year — it's time to hug again.
According to a statement from the province, vaccination rates are now at the point where long-term care homes in Ontario can resume activities like communal dining, indoor events and gatherings, and hugs — with some caveats.
Ontario's new directive allows fully vaccinated long-term care residents and their fully vaccinated caregivers to have "close physical contact" beyond what is required for caregiving — "such as hugging," the province says.
Masks are still required when residents aren't eating in a communal space, and residents must still physically distance whenever they're gathered in a room for events.
"The high vaccination uptake in long-term care homes means we can take further steps towards bringing social interactions back — supporting the mental and emotional well-being of residents while protecting their physical well-being," said Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Ontario's minister of long-term care, in the statement.
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Are you searching for a way to beat the heat? These Ottawa ice cream shops are the tastiest way to feel a bit cooler.
Our city has no shortage of seriously delicious shops selling ice cream and gelato. So to help you figure out where to go, we gathered up the best spots to find frozen treats, like a food truck that sells Cookie Monster cones.
Here are the locations you'll want to try before summer's over:
Cuisine: Ice cream
Address: 102 Fairmont Ave., Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: They have a rotating menu of flavours available, with some of them being vegan or dairy-free. Plus, there is no need to leave your house, as Merry Dairy delivers pints and frozen desserts to your door.
Why You Need To Go: At their takeout window, you can get soft-serve cones with a colourful edge and an extra burst of flavour. Some of the delicious options include pina colada, strawberry, mango, black cherry and blueberry.
Why You Need To Go: You can get individual sizes containers of ice cream delivered to your door. The flavours are constantly changing, but you can find everything from cereal infused, cinnamon bun or Jos Louis ice cream.
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