Nursing homes loosen COVID-19 restrictions in transition to ‘new normal’ – CBC

Neither association, nor province provide clear answers about what protective measures are in place

Nov 10, 2022

New Brunswick nursing homes have loosened COVID-19 restrictions as they transition to the “new normal” of living with the virus, says the head of the association.

But exactly what rules have changed and what precautions are being taken is unclear.

“Certainly COVID hasn’t gone away, it’s still in our communities, it’s still around,” said Julie Weir, CEO of the New Brunswick Association of Nursing Homes.

“But it’s about having the right level of protection for the residents and the staff, but still allowing them to live their lives and have a good quality of life.”

Some measures, such as employee masking, remain in place, Weir said.

Asked about other measures, such as whether infected employees still have to stay home from work, however, she said CBC would need to speak to individual homes. “I don’t have that level of specificity.”

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