Acute care and hospital visitor information

Acute care and hospital visitors: Respiratory illness season information

Announced on September 28, 2023, the Provincial Health Officer and Public Health officials are taking actions to continue protecting people, communities, and the health care system this fall as we prepare for the respiratory illness season.

Key changes for visitors to NH facilities

Starting October 3, 2023, all visitors to NH care facilities will be required to wear a medical mask. Masks will also be required in long-term care and assisted living facilities in all common spaces and when participating in common indoor events.

  • Screening for symptoms
    • Visitors will be actively asked about symptoms and advised not to visit if sick
  • Ambassadors will be onsite to assist at facility entrances with screening and ensuring mask wearing

Preparing for respiratory illness season - Healthy habits

There are things we can all do to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our community this fall.

Visitors should:

  • Stay up to date on your influenza and COVID-19 vaccines
  • Stay home if they are feeling unwell
  • Engage in hand hygiene and follow respiratory etiquette at all times
  • Maintain respect for the personal space of others around you

The COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers remains in effect.

We appreciate your support as we continue to prioritize the health and well-being of our patients, residents and staff. More information is available on the provincial orders currently in place and province-wide restrictions.