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COVID-19 Updates

April 22, 2022

Please note that ORCA has discontinued its COVID-19 Daily Updates, including case counts, and is providing retirement community operators with regular updates. Information on COVID-19 and resources for retirement communities can be found to the right.

Important information for the public will continue to be shared on this page.

April 22, 2022
The Ontario government announced that it is maintaining existing provincial masking requirements in select higher-risk indoor settings until June 11, 2022. Select settings include public transit, health care settings, long-term care homes, retirement homes, shelters, and other congregate care settings that provide care and services to medically and socially vulnerable individuals. For more details, please view the government’s news release.

April 11, 2022
The Ontario government expanded eligibility for COVID-19 antiviral treatments and PCR testing to more high-risk individuals. For more details, please view the government’s news release.

April 7, 2022
The Ontario government expanded eligibility for fourth doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to individuals aged 60 and over as well as First Nation, Inuit and Métis individuals and their non-Indigenous household members aged 18. Please view the government’s news release for more details.

March 1, 2022
The Ontario government lifted capacity limits in all remaining indoor public settings. The province also lifted proof of vaccination requirements for all settings. Businesses and other settings may choose to continue to require proof of vaccination. Masking requirements will remain in place, with a specific timeline to lift this measure to be communicated at a later date. For more details, please view the government’s news release.

February 17, 2022
The next phase of Ontario’s public health measures were eased on February 17, 2022. This includes an increase in capacity limits for organized events including indoor activities. Please view the government’s news release for more information.

January 20, 2022
The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, released details of steps to cautiously and gradually ease public health measures. Starting on January 31, 2022, the province will follow a cautious and phased approach to lifting public health measures, with 21 days between each step. For full details, please view the government’s news release.

January 3, 2022
The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, temporarily moves the province into Step Two of its Roadmap to Reopen with modifications that take into account the province’s successful vaccination efforts until at least January 26, 2022. Please view the government’s news release for more information.

December 22, 2021
The Ontario Government passed a regulation, effective immediately, which allows non-regulated health professionals the ability to help administer COVID-19 vaccines if, they undergo online training through the Ontario Matching Portal; and: that the non-regulated health professional who is administering the vaccine is supervised by a physician, registered nurse or nurse practitioner, or pharmacist and is present at the premises where the vaccine is administered. For more details, please view the government’s new release.

December 20, 2021
Individuals aged 18 and over are eligible to schedule their booster dose appointment through Ontario’s booking portal, by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre, through Indigenous-led vaccination clinics, participating pharmacies and primary care settings. Appointments will be booked three months (84 days) after a second dose as the province urgently expands booster eligibility to millions more individuals. For more details, please view the government’s news release

December 17, 2021
The Ontario government announced it is applying additional public health and workplace safety measures, including capacity and social gathering limits. As of December 19, 2021, the province has introduced a 50 per cent capacity limit in select indoor public settings, reduced social gathering limits to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors, and more. Please view the government’s news release for full details.

December 10, 2021
The Ontario government announced further actions to encourage vaccination and help limit the spread of COVID-19 and the Omicron variant. New measures include delaying the lifting of proof of vaccination requirements beyond January 17, 2022, requiring the use of the enhanced vaccine certificate with QR code and the Verify Ontario app in settings where proof of vaccination is required effective January 4, 2022, and more. For more information, please view the government’s news release.

December 7, 2021
The Ontario government announced that it is extending the Worker Income Protection Benefit program until July 31, 2022, to keep workers safe and ensure they do not lose pay if they need to miss work for reasons related to COVID-19. Employees can continue to access this paid leave to get tested, vaccinated, self-isolate, or care for a family member. For more information, please view the government’s news release.

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