Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Posted: March 16, 2020

Publié le 16 March 2020

Updated May 6, 2021
Check this page often. As the pandemic evolves, we will update it regularly with information relevant to dietitians.

Consult with your employer for organizational protocol regarding COVID-19 and refer to the Ministry resources and links below for the most updated information.


Click here  to see the Important New Provincial Orders for dietitians in hospitals and long-term care/retirement homes

Stay-at-Home Order

A province-wide declaration of emergency and a stay-at-home order are in effect as of April 8 at 12:01 a.m. The COVID-19 Response Framework (colour-coded zones) is paused during this time. Find out about the public health measures and restrictions during this time.

There are no changes for dietetic practice. The exceptions in the Order include accessing health services.

Ministry of Health and Ministry of Long-Term Care
Updated documents: 
College Resources
​Ministry of Long-Term Care
  • Retirement Home COVID-19 Visiting Policy, Supplement to Directive 3 Effective December 11, 2020
  • Directive #3 for Long-Term Care Homes. Effective December 9, 2020
    • See Page 6:
      • Universal masking information - indicates staff and visitors must comply with universal masking and must wear a surgical/procedural mask for entire duration of their shift/visit regardless of outbreak
      • When staff are not in contact with residents or not in resident areas during break, staff may remove their mask but they must remain 2-metres away from other staff to prevent staff-to-staff transmission.

LTC/RH: One Site In-Person Work for Employees / Additional Sites Virtual 

If you are an RD employed in LTC/RH, you can work in-person at one site, with any additional sites being virtual. Contractors should consult with their long term care homes.  

Please see Emergency Orders relevant to Long-Term Care and Retirement Homes, and the Chief Medical Officer of Health revised Directive #3. See the News Releasefor details. Reach out anytime at 416-598-1725 , Ext. 397or

Pandemic Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Transitional Support  

Are you a dietitian working in community or primary care who is having trouble sourcing PPE?
Review the Ministry resources below for recent policy changes regarding transitional access to the provincial pandemic PPE stockpile which expands support to eligible community-based health service and primary care providers. The resources provide direction on how eligible health care providers can access transitional PPE support, including frequently asked questions.  

Questions? Please contact the Practice Advisory Service at, 416-598-1725 , ext. 397.

Return to Non-Essential Virtual and In-Person Care with Conditions

The return to non-essential care for both virtual and in-person care is intended to be gradual and with stringent conditions in place to mitigate the spread of disease. You must adjust your practice according to Directive 2 and the Ministry’s COVID-19 Operational Requirements: Health Sector Restart, which specify:
  • Wherever feasible, client visits must be conducted virtually. Dietitians are urged to use professional judgement in determining which clients can be treated virtually and, if not feasible, which could be seen in-person.
  • You must have in place strict protocols, as required, around feasibility and risk assessments, infection prevention and control, hazard controls, screening, personal protective equipment, and client scheduling to ensure physical distancing and safe care.
  • Decisions about client visits must be in keeping with the principles set out in Directive #2: Proportionality; Minimizing Harm to Patients; Equity; and Reciprocity.

Adhere to Ministry and College Guidance

Please read these carefully.

Infection Control

Webinar : COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control for Regulated Health Professionals June 25, 2020
Other Infection Control Information

Important College Links

Ministry of Health, Long-Term Care — Emergency Management

Guidance & Action Plans Testing Guidance Long-Term Care/Retirment Homes Guidance and Policy
Other Guidance Emergency Orders Grant Applications

Webinars & eLearning


See Tips on how to deal with personal information when working from home at 

Public Health Ontario

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19

Contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-00001-866-797-0000 or your local public health unit.

Government of Canada