Long-Term Care, Retirement Homes, and Congregate Living Centres: Visits and Absences

Thanks to high levels of vaccination in long-term care homes and improvements in key public health care indicators, the Ontario government has announced that it is easing certain requirements for visits and absences to long-term care homes, retirement homes, and other residential care settings, indoors and outdoors.

People planning a visit to a long-term care, retirement or residential care home are advised to contact the home in advance to make sure the home is free of outbreaks, and to get information on the home's visitor policy and any other restrictions.

Additional information can be found at the links below:

Ontario Easing Restrictions in Congregate Care Settings (Ontario news release, July 15, 2021)

Ontario Updates Testing Requirements at Long-Term Care Homes (Ontario news release, July 14, 2021)

Ontario Further Eases Long-Term Care Home Restrictions (Ontario news release, June 29, 2021)

COVID-19: Information for visitors to long-term care homes

COVID-19: Visiting long-term care homes

COVID-19 guidance document for long-term care homes in Ontario

Directive #3 for Long-Term Care Homes

Retirement Homes Visiting Policy 

Updated direction for congregate care settings (Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services)

Eastern Ontatio Health Unit / Bureau de santé de l'Ontario