Clarification on visitors in group homes during PHO restrictions

In response to questions CLBC has received from service providers, CLBC has received clarification from the Office of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) that the PHO announcement on December 17, 2021 about further restrictions to public gatherings does not impact CLBC funded group home visitors.

The Provincial Health Officer’s announcement of new restrictions related to public and private gatherings – which are in effect from December 20, 2021 to January 31, 2022 – is intended to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and the new Omicron variant at large gatherings of family and friends over the holiday season, at large sporting and cultural events, and in public social places such as restaurants and lounges. This new guidance does not impact current visitor practice in CLBC funded group homes.

All group homes already limit the number of visitors – including family and friends – that can visit their loved one at a group home at any given time, and all CLBC funded group homes should continue with this existing practice.

Family and friends who are visiting group homes should continue to wear masks unless there is space for safe social distancing.  As an extra layer of protection, visitors to group homes can meet with their loved ones in a well ventilated space or on the front porch or the back deck.

Family and friends are encouraged to postpone their visit if anyone is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

CLBC recognizes the importance of accommodating family and friend visits with those supported in CLBC funded group homes during this holiday season while also ensuring we continue to keep everyone as safe as possible.

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