International Lessons Learned from Re-opening Non-COVID-19 Activities in Hospitals

Last Updated: May 13, 2020

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This note provides a summary of Canadian and international experiences with re-opening non-COVID- 19 activities in hospitals.

*The full version of the Briefing Note including Supporting Evidence and the Appendix can be accessed in the PDF file at the top of the page*

Key Findings


The COVID-19 Evidence Synthesis Network is comprised of groups specializing in evidence synthesis and knowledge translation. The group has committed to provide their expertise to provide high-quality, relevant, and timely synthesized research evidence about COVID-19 to inform decision makers as the pandemic continues. The following members of the Network provided evidence synthesis products that were used to develop this Evidence Synthesis Briefing Note:

  • Ontario Health (Quality). May 8, 2020. Ambulatory and Primary Care Services Ramp-Up Planning to Inform the COVID-19 Response Effort: A Jurisdictional Scan.
  • The Ontario Medical Association. May 11, 2020. Reopening Ontario to a ‘New Normal’: Five Public Health Pillars for a Safe Return.