Due to the evolving situation with Omicron, the Ontario government is pausing general visitation to long-term care homes and resident day absences for social purposes. These temporary measures will go into effect province-wide 8on December 30.
“We know that long-term care residents face an increased risk of COVID-19. Given the high community infection rates we’re seeing with the Omicron variant, the time for more action is now,” said Rod Phillips, Minister of Long-Term Care. “In addition to the steps we’ve already taken, these new temporary measures will help keep residents safe and help critical staff remain on the job.”
The situation is being closely monitored, and measures will continue to be adjusted as necessary. The COVID-19 vaccine remains the single best protection against COVID-19 and variants. Every eligible Ontarian is strongly recommended to get vaccinated or receive their booster as soon as possible.