The new rules won’t require staff to be present, and social distancing requirements are removed in these settings as long as visitors pass a health screening and wear a mask. Care homes will provide an hour for each visit.
“Changes to long-term care visitation to allow for increased social connection are incredibly welcome news for seniors and Elders in long-term care, and the communities that support them,” says Mable Elmore, Parliamentary Secretary for Seniors Services and Long-Term Care.
The ease of restrictions is due to the vaccine rollout’s success, as most of BC’s most vulnerable residents have already received their first vaccine dose.
People living and working in long-term care and assisted living were among the very first to receive COVID-19 vaccinations as a part of B.C.’s strategy to use vaccines to protect those most vulnerable to severe illness first and reduce transmission in high-risk settings.