Long-term care residents can now hug their essential caregiver - if both are fully vaccinated.

On May 4, 2021 a new version of the Directive 3 for Long-Term Care Homes was issued in Ontario. This amended Directive 3 has eased the physical distancing requirements for fully vaccinated residents and their essential caregivers.

This means that close contact, such as (masked) hugging, is allowed between residents and their essential caregivers provided the parties have received both doses of their vaccinations.

As of the date the directive was released, 95% of residents were fully vaccinated. However, the government's news release did not state how many caregivers are fully vaccinated (which means the hugs could still be weeks or months away for some).

Image Caption: Text from Directive 3
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