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COVID-19: Restrictions loosen at Ontario long-term care homes

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TORONTO — Long-term care residents in Ontario can now have outdoor visits with up to 10 people at a time.

The province says they can also meet indoors with up to two essential caregivers and two general visitors.

The changes, part of the provincial government’s move to Step 2 of its reopening plan, came into effect Wednesday as cases of COVID-19 continue to decline.

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The new rules also allow personal care services to resume for long-term care residents.

Additionally, there’s no longer a limit on the number people who can be deemed “essential caregivers” by long-term care residents or their substitute decision-makers.

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Stage 3 of Ontario’s reopening plan, due to come into effect in two weeks, will see the resumption of off-site excursions and activities such as singing and dancing.

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