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Provincial Health Officer issues statement: universal mask-wearing in health-care facilities is no longer mandatory

BC’s Provincial Health Officer (PHO), Dr. Bonnie Henry, issued a statement on April 6, 2023, outlining changes to COVID-19 restrictions that were previously put in place. Among the changes announced by the PHO: “universal mask-wearing by all staff and visitors in health-care facilities is no longer mandatory,” she said.

The PHO also noted: “However, there will still be some situations where masks will be required in health-care settings or situations where they have always been required to protect high-risk patients against respiratory transmitted infections and protect workers against high-risk exposure to infectious diseases.”

Regarding vaccination, the PHO stated: “Provincial Health Officer orders requiring health-care system workers to be vaccinated remain in place to protect patients and health-care workers and ensure the resilience of the health-care system.”

Read the full statement from the PHO.

The BC Centre for Disease Control states on its Masks page: “Health care professionals should follow the precautions in place at your site of work.” Registrants should ensure that they comply with any of their employer’s infection control and workplace policies with respect to COVID-19 prevention.

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