Visitor restrictions eased at long-term care, homes for persons with disabilities

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Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, chief medical officer of health have announced the easing of some visitor restrictions in long-term care homes and homes for persons with disabilities.

Effective Monday, visits can resume at long-term care facilities, provided they happen outdoors and visitors stay two metres or six feet away from residents and staff. 

Government says this change also applies to homes funded by the Department of Community Services under the Homes for Special Care Act.

McNeil says, the pandemic has been challenging for everyone but, in many ways, has been hardest on seniors in these facilities.

Individual long-term care facilities and homes for persons with disabilities will communicate directly with residents and their families to arrange visits.

Dr. Strang says, "Outdoor visits are a way to bring residents and their friends and families back together safely."