What You Need to Know: Changes to Mask Policies in Healthcare Settings
On November 4, the Ministry of Health and British Columbia Centre of Disease Control released a new policy regarding mask use in healthcare settings. Of note, the new policy enforces the use of medical masks for visitors and other non-clinical staff (in addition to care workers) in all healthcare settings. This includes long-term care homes, senior assisted living settings, and community-based clinics.
All health care facilities must provide medical masks for all health care workers, non-clinical staff, patients and visitors where indicated in this Policy
The policy defines a medical mask as a medical-grade face mask that meets ASTM International and ISO (or equivalent) performance requirements for bacterial filtration efficiency, particulate filtration efficiency, fluid resistance, pressure differential, flame spread, skin sensitivity and cytotoxic testing.
Cloth masks that are not medical-grade are not permitted.