No more outings for long-term care residents in Toronto, Peel region, Ottawa

WATCH ABOVE: Ontario Premier Doug Ford on Wednesday announced that 50 more pharmacies in places like Barrie, Hamilton and Windsor will have COVID-19 testing available as the province expands its plan to make testing more available.

Residents of long-term care homes in three Ontario regions where COVID-19 cases are surging won’t be allowed to go out for social or personal reasons as of Friday.

The provincial government says short-term and temporary absences for medical or compassionate reasons, however, will still be allowed.

The new restrictions will apply to long-term care homes in Toronto, Peel Region and Ottawa, and will remain in place until further notice.

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Minister of Long-Term Care Merrilee Fullerton says the changes may be difficult for residents and families affected, but its priority has to be keeping everyone in the homes safe.

Those wanting to visit loved ones in a home are urged to call ahead to make sure the facility is free of outbreaks and confirm visiting policies and restrictions.

The province says measures regarding long-term care will be updated as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves.

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