Changes to COVID-19 Government Directives

As we start to see the COVID-19 pandemic numbers move in the right direction, the Ministry of Health has updated their directives including:

Revocation of Directive #6 – Hospitals, Home and Community Care and Paramedicine

On March 14, 2022 Directive #6 relating to vaccination policies and testing policies for public hospitals, home care and community services providers organizations, and paramedicine was revoked. Health Organizations are encouraged to integrate vaccination policies into their existing occupational health and safety policies and procedures and health care workers are encouraged to remain up-to-date in their COVID-19 vaccinations. Masks will continue to be required in health care settings, long-term care homes, retirement homes, and congregate living settings.

Directive #3 for Long-Term Care Homes under the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007

On March 14, 2022 all previous versions of Directive #3 for Long-Term Care Homes were revoked and replaced with the new directive which outlines minimum requirements for COVID-19 infection and prevention control measures on an ongoing basis. This change impacts both Long-Term Care Homes and Retirement Homes.

Measures include:

  • COVID-19 Outbreak Preparedness Plan 
  • Screening procedures
  • Universal masking and physical distancing requirements – based on current requirements
  • Required operational policies and procedures