Rapid tests will be reserved for high-risk parts of society for the meantime, according to Queen’s Park.
The rapid antigen tests (RATs) are being kept for such sectors as hospitals, long-term care and shelters, along with certain Indigenous communities.
Some education settings will also have them, along with some workplaces that require tests for their employees.
Provincial officials say they are looking to expand eligibility, pending RAT supply. They add that the federal government is providing 54-million tests to Ontario in January. Another 85-million tests have already been purchased by Queen’s Park.