WATCH: Province Announces “Cautious Restart” of Long-Term Care and Retirement Home Visits


He will be accompanied by the Minister of Health, the Minister of Long-Term Care and the Minister of Children and Social Services

Update:Premier Doug Ford announced today that the province will begin a “cautious restart” of visits to long-term care homes, retirement homes, group homes and other common homes.

Home visits have been banned since early March.

Long-Term Care Minister Merrilee Fullerton said increased visitor availability will be available in outbreak-free homes starting next week on June 18.

The guidelines are as follows:

  • For long-term care homes: One visitor per resident, per week, outside only.
  • For retirement homes: External and internal visits, number of visitors up to the discretion of the home.
  • For homes for people with intellectual disabilities: two visitors per resident, outside only.
  • For shelters and children’s residences: two visitors per resident, outside only.

Visitors must have tested negative in the past two weeks, disinfect their hands, be tested on arrival, stay in designated areas, maintain physical distance and wear a mask.

Original story:

Premier Doug Ford is expected to update Ontarians about the status of COVID-19 at 1:00 p.m. in Queen’s Park today.

He will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Health, Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care, and Todd Smith, Minister of Children, Social and Community Services, to make the announcement.

Today’s public appearance comes after Ford and Elliot were tested for COVID-19. Both results came back negative. Ford and Elliot were tested due to the fact that Education Minister Stephen Lecce, who had a press conference with the two on Tuesday, had recently contacted someone who tested positive for the virus. The Lecce test also came back negative.

Village Media will be broadcasting live, so stay tuned.


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