Ontario loosens rules to visit long-term care homes starting July 22

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Good news if you have a loved one in long term care. 

Ontario's long-term care minister is loosening rules that have restricted visits to the province's long-term care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Merrilee Fullerton says starting today,  a person visiting a resident outside a home will no longer need to attest that they've taken a COVID-19 test within the previous two weeks.

She says indoor visits, which are currently limited to essential workers and families of palliative patients, will be permitted as of July 22, with a two-person limit.

Visitors however, will have to attest they've tested negative for COVID-19, have a scheduled appointment and will need to wear a surgical mask, provided by the home.

Essential caregivers will also be allowed back into the facilities when visits resume.