Lifting of Universal Masking Requirements and Screening – Effective April 6, 2023

Effective April 6, 2023 – BC Government Announcement: End of Respiratory Season Update News

We are delighted to announce that the Provincial Health Officer has announced the end of respiratory season and is lifting mthe mandatory requirements with respect to visitors in long-term care and seniors’ assisted living.

What has changed?

  • Visitors will no longer be required to provide their vaccination status, and those who are unvaccinated for COVID-19 will be able to visit freely at long-term care and assisted living sites.
  • Visitors will no longer be required to undergo a rapid antigen test or confirm a recent negative rapid antigen test prior to visiting.
  • Visitors will not be required to wear masks while vising long-term care and assisted living sites, unless specifically required based on a Point of Care Risk Assessment (assessment by a health care worker that masking is required based on the risks of infection, including a resident’s symptoms, the type of interaction with residents, and the environment).
  • There will be no restrictions on gatherings, events or activities including visitors, indoors or outdoors, regardless of visitor vaccination status.
  • Active screening of visitors is no longer required.

What doesn’t change?

  • Sign-in / Sign-out when you come for a visit at a long-term care site or assisted living site
  • Practicing hand hygiene to keep germs from spreading
  • Not visiting when you are ill
  • Wearing a mask if you choose to wear one