The wide legal mandate in Ontario for schools, long-term care institutions, and hospitals to maintain required COVID-19 immunization policy will expire, on Monday.
A slew of requirements for schools, congregate care settings, and hospitals to implement COVID-19 immunization policies and mandatory testing for unvaccinated employees stop today as part of the province’s first move in leaving most COVID-19 measures in the following 45 days.
If a facility chooses to do so, it can keep its own policy.
Impacted sectors will continue to receive supplies of rapid antigen tests and healthcare and congregate care staff and residents remain eligible for free PCR testing.
Also starting Monday, the province is further relaxing visitor rules at long-term care homes.
Children under five, who are by default unvaccinated, will now be allowed in to visit residents.
Unvaccinated residents will now be allowed out for overnight visits.
The number of guest each long-term care resident can receive at a time increases to four.
“Testing requirements for all staff, caregivers and visitors continue to be in place,” the government said in a statement detailing the changes.