‘It’s beyond appalling:’ LTC residents plead for release from COVID-19 confinement


TORONTO — Residents of Ontario’s long-term care homes are pleading to be allowed to go outside.

Many say they’ve been confined to their rooms or floors since the pandemic began more than a year ago.

They say there’s no health reason to keep them indoors, especially since almost all are vaccinated.

Studies also show the outdoors is much safer in terms of COVID-19 transmission than inside.

One lawyer says the confinement violates their charter rights and is illegal.

Activists say the provincial government has not responded to their pleas.