Criticism Crumbles Ottawa Ban On Window Visits At Care Homes

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A controversial new policy meant to stop the spread of COVID-19 in Ottawa’s nursing homes could be quashed in the coming weeks if politicians have their way. The City of Ottawa announced Wednesday it was banning window visits at city-run long-term care homes, which have been a popular way for people to visit elderly relatives and friends during the current pandemic. Critics argue it’s a safe way to check in on loved ones in person while following physical distancing guidelines, but the city says it comes with risks that could prove deadly. The new policy was met with outrage on social media from residents, city councillors, the mayor and the premier, who blasted the move as “ridiculous.”