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Healthcare facility restrictions being removed

The B.C. government is removing the mask mandate for healthcare facilities.

Provincial officials said a decrease in all respiratory viruses has let them remove the restrictions.

Proof of vaccination will no longer be required to enter long-term care, assisted living, and healthcare facilities.

Universal mask-wearing in healthcare facilities isn’t required anymore, but provincial officials said there may be some situations and areas where they will be needed.

For example, if a patient has certain health issues, masks may be required when around them.

with files from Josiah Spyker, My East Kootenay Now staff

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