Outdoor visits with long-term care residents are allowed as of Saturday!
As Ontario's outdoor gathering limits are increased to five people, the Ministry of Long-Term Care is finally allowing family members and friends to visit their loved ones at Ontario's long-term care facilities.
Starting on Saturday, May 22, visitors will be able to spend time outdoors with long-term care residents.
A memo issued by the Long-Term Care Pandemic Response office outlines a list of rules for the outdoor visits, which will only allow up to two visitors at one time in addition to essential caregivers, and not counting children under the age of 2.
All visitors will need to be screened when they arrive, but won't be required to do a rapid antigen test since the visit will take place outside. Visitors will not be allowed to go beyond the entrance of the LTC facility and must adhere to mask and physical distancing protocols at all times.
This positive news comes after the province announced that long-term care residents are allowed to hug their fully vaccinated caregivers and enjoy communal activities with other residents again.