News SHA makes masks mandatory in common areas of long term care facilities SHARE ON: Dan Soul, staff Thursday, Sep. 9th, 2021 Non-medical masks. [Erica Fisher, 2DayFM.] 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.