UPDATE: Masks in B.C. health-care facilities

As per the Public Health Order issued by BC’s Ministry of Health, MEDICAL MASKS are the preferred form of face covering, but not necessary for the time being.

All staff and clients entering Heart & Hands will still be required to wear a face covering, such as a medical mask, 2+ layer cloth mask or face shield when entering our facility to limit the spread of respiratory droplets.

According to a directive issued Wednesday Nov. 4, masks are a simple strategy to curb the spread of COVID-19. Patients, staff and visitors are required to wear masks inside all health-care facilities in B.C.

For more information about the Ministry of Health’s public health order, READ HERE.

We will have medical masks for sale for $2 for individuals who arrive for their appointment without a face covering, however, due to pending shortages of PPE and to mitigate further costs of operating, we strongly encourage clients to remember to bring their own.

While Allied Health professionals, such as acupuncturists, chiropractors, physiotherapists, etc. are currently exempt from this PHO, with case numbers in BC continuing to climb and compounded by cold and flu season, the condition to mandate the wearing of medical grade masks may change in the coming weeks.

Communication from the Ministry of Health and our regulatory board (the CTCMA) was unclear and issued without proper consultation with all professional regulatory bodies. We apologize for the inconvenience and we thank you for the continued your continued efforts to adjusting to current policy changes. These are the continued safety measures necessary to keep our community healthy.

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