Ontario quietly changes LTC rules; visitors no longer have to mask in resident rooms – CBC

Rules changed on Friday but there was no public announcement

Oct 19, 2022

Ontario has quietly changed masking rules for long-term care homes, no longer requiring visitors or caregivers to wear them when alone with a resident in their room.

Long-term care homes are one of the only places where provincial mask mandates remain, after Ontario lifted most such requirements in June.

But the rules were changed as of Friday, though no public announcement was made. Operators were notified and the COVID-19 guidance document for long-term care homes was updated on an Ontario government website, said a spokesperson for Long-Term Care Minister Paul Calandra.

“Our government is protecting our long-term care homes by investing in Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC), hiring and retaining nurses and PSW’s, and increasing daily hours of care for residents,” Jake Roseman said in a statement.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ont-ltc-masks-1.6622221

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