MASK REQUIREMENTS FOR VISITORS TO ACUTE AND LTC
All visitors must wear a medical mask according to the overview of visitors in long-term care and seniors’ assisted living.
What health care settings are affected by this policy?
- Long-term care
- Acute care hospitals
- Stand-alone extended care hospitals designated under the Hospital Act
- Seniors’ assisted living settings
- Provincial mental health facilities
- All the health care facilities and settings where health care is provided.
Who else should wear masks?
- All visitors must wear a medical mask when entering and moving around any health care facility, including clinical and non-clinical areas.
- All persons accompanying a patient in admitting/waiting areas, including emergency departments, must wear a medical mask.
Patients: acute care
- All patients must wear a medical mask when entering and moving around a health care facility, including patient transport, except when requested to remove their mask by a health care professional.
- Admitted patients must wear a medical mask when they leave their room.
- Admitted patients will generally not be required to wear a medical mask in their rooms, with exceptions based on a health care professional’s point of care risk assessment.
Who is exempt from the mask policy?
- People under 12 years old
- People unable to wear a mask because of a health condition or physical or mental impairment.
- People unable to put on or remove a mask without help from another person.
- To accommodate site-specific circumstances (e.g., staff/visitor/patient masking may not be required when eating/drinking at retail food establishments or cafeterias).