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SHA makes masks mandatory in common areas of long term care facilities

The Saskatchewan Health Authority is reintroducing mandatory masking in the common areas of long term care facilities on September 10th.

The means anyone in a common area of one of these facilities will need to be wearing a mask. This masking protocol is in place in all SHA long-term care homes and affiliate homes, and applies to both vaccinated and unvaccinated people.

Free medical masks are available at the screening stations when entering a long-term care home, and people will need to wear a medical mask at all times when outside a resident’s room, fit it to cover their nose, mouth and chin,  perform hand hygiene before and after putting on the mask and not lowering it to talk.

While wearing a mask in a patient’s room will not be mandatory, the SHA says, they are still strongly encouraging people to do so in order to prevent COVID-19 transmission among people living in these homes.

The SHA will also continue to performing health screenings, offer rapid COVID testing and monitor the local spread of the virus.

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