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Effective October 16, 2020 - Revision to Short-Term and Temporary Absences

Effective October 16th:

The Ontario government is adding to the precautions taken last week to protect residents and staff in the province's long-term care homes.

On the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, effective October 16 and until further notice, short-term and temporary absences for social or personal reasons will not be allowed at long-term care homes in areas of the province where there is higher community spread of COVID-19. Only absences for medical or compassionate reasons will be allowed.

The communities where these restrictions apply are:

  • City of Ottawa
  • Region of Peel
  • City of Toronto

Retirement Homes co-located with Long-Term Care Home will adopt the stricter of the two policies – Long-Term Care Home Visitors Policy or Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility policy.