COVID-19 acute care and hospital visitor information

Acute care and hospital visitors: COVID-19 information

Effective April 6, 2023, the Provincial Health Officer provided an update on the official end of the respiratory season and many of the remaining COVID-19 Provincial Health Orders have been lifted.

Key changes for visitors to NH facilities

  • Visitors will no longer be screened for signs and symptoms of illness.
  • Visitors will no longer be required to provide their vaccination status, and those who are unvaccinated for COVID-19 will be able to again visit health care settings.
  • Visitors are no longer required to wear masks while in health care facilities, unless specifically required based on a point of care risk assessment (as assessed by a health care worker).
  • Masks will still be available for those who wish to continue to wear one.
  • Patients are no longer restricted to two visitors – unless otherwise determined by a health care worker.

Things that are not changing at this time

Visitors should:

  • 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 understand that visitor restrictions because of COVID-19 have been difficult for families and friends. 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.