The Ontario government announced Thursday that seniors residences will be allowed to welcome visits from family members next week, and residences in Kingston are following suit.
The type of facility — long-term care, retirement homes or another residential setting — will determine the type of visit allowed.
In long-term care homes, such as Arbour Heights in the city’s west end, a family member is allowed one 15-minute visit per week, and it must take place outdoors.
An email outlining the restrictions was sent out Tuesday by owner and operator Revera Living. “Essential” visitors will be asked a series of questions and have her or his temperature taken before the visit takes place, and they must wear a mask during it. Visits must be made by appointment in advance, and the resident and visitor must maintain a two-metre distance from each other during its duration. If not, the resident will be isolated for 14 days. Food and beverages are not permitted.