Beginning on November 7, the Ministry of Long-Term Care mandated masks in all licensed long-term care facilities in Ontario, in accordance with the advice of Dr. Kieran Moore, the chief medical officer of health.

“Recent trends have shown a moderate to high level of community transmission of COVID-19 and an increase in COVID-19 outbreaks in LTCHs, with an increased risk of hospitalization amongst residents,” Kelly McAslan, assistant deputy minister, long-term care operations division, said in the memo, obtained by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).

The memo mandates masking for students, support workers, and volunteers when they are in resident areas indoors. Additionally, it recommends that visitors and caregivers mask in resident areas indoors, with the exception of when they are alone with residents in their rooms or when they are eating with residents in shared spaces.

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