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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: October 23, 2023

Masking requirements and visitor guidance

In long-term care, visitors are required to wear a medical mask when in common areas and when participating in indoor events in communal areas. 

All visitors are allowed at long-term care and seniors’ assisted living facilities.

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, including practicing hand hygiene. 

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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