November 30, 2021

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COVID-19: BC government to update long-term care visitation guidelines | FULL

Starting July 19, residents of long-term care and assisted in British Columbia will see what Health Minister Adrian Dix calls "a return to a sense of normalcy" as restrictions on visitation heavily eased.

Under the changes, visitors to residential care will no longer schedule their visits in advance, and a limit on the number of visitors allowed will be removed.

Visitors who have had two doses of COVID-19 vaccine will no longer need to wear a mask.

Facility-wide social gatherings will be allowed to resume, including indoor events with residents and staff across units, and outdoor gatherings with family and friends.

"These changes are coming and they are going to make I think an important difference to everyone who lives in LTC and especially I think their families and their friends," Dix said, adding the changes would allow more spontaneous visits.

Starting on the same day, the province will require staff members to disclose their vaccination status.

Those that are not fully vaccinated will be required to wear a mask at work and be subject to regular screening with rapid COVID-19 tests.

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