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Long-Term Care Facilities & Assisted Living

Guidance for long-term care facilities including infection prevention and control measures, and outbreak management.

Last updated: May 6, 2024

Visitor guidance

Continuous (universal) masking in health-care settings is not required.

Visitors are encouraged to wear masks in health care settings as appropriate and to practice respiratory etiquette, including:
  • Clean your hands often using soap and warm water or use alcohol-based hand rub
  • Sneeze or cough into your elbow instead of your hands
People who are ill or have symptoms of illness should not visit long-term care and seniors’ assisted living sites. Visitors are expected to follow precautions in place at each site. 

Proof of vaccination is not required for entry. 

Visitor protocol during an outbreak

As per the COVID-19 Outbreak Management Protocol for Long-Term Care and Seniors’ Assisted Living Settings, in the event of an outbreak, social visits will be restricted in a care facility in accordance with advice and direction from the local Medial Health Officer.

Vaccination requirements for employers and staff

Guidance for Health Care Workers

Outbreak Management Protocol

Preparing for and preventing wildfire smoke in care facilities

Wildfire season brings the threat of severe smoke pollution, and good preparation is even more critical in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic in B.C. This document provides information on preparing for and preventing wildfire smoke in care facilities:

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