Updated information on mask mandate and ongoing IPAC measures

On June 11, 2022, provincial mask requirements were lifted in most public settings.

As well, the Chief Medical Officer of Health revoked and replaced remaining Directives with COVID-19 Guidance: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Health Care Workers and Health Care Entities. The updated guidance is intended to assist all health care workers and health care entities[1] to optimize protection through personal protective equipment (PPE), including when masks should be worn in health care settings.

As noted in the guidance, health care workers must complete a point of care risk assessment to determine whether there is a risk to the health care worker or other individuals of being exposed to an infection, including COVID-19.

Please review this guidance and consider which infection prevention and control (IPAC) measures are relevant to your practice, including but not limited to things such as screening procedures, masking, and hand hygiene. Factors to consider include personal health and vaccination status, whether a mask can be worn consistently, how long an interaction will be, ventilation in a space, the level of COVID-19 in the community, and whether unvaccinated or vulnerable people might be present.

Clients and RPs might have individual preferences regarding masking. RPs are encouraged to discuss these preferences with their clients before each in-person appointment and to continue to use their professional judgement to determine if masking is necessary; additional IPAC measures are needed; and if in-person services are appropriate.

Please continue to monitor the following Ministry of Health resources for the most accurate and up-to-date information:

[1] Health care workers include regulated health professionals or those who operate a group practice of regulated health professionals (“regulated health professional” means a health practitioner whose profession is regulated under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991”).