Island Health has now implemented its ‘mask-up’ policy for visitors at health facilities.

People visiting family or friends in hospital, or making an emergency room visit must wear a mask if they have not received the flu vaccine.

Masks are located near main entrances, hand-washing stations or at reception and admitting.

For people who are ill, the health authority wants them to avoid visiting loved ones in health care facilities, or long-term care homes.

Island Health is reminding people that the best way to protect yourself and others from the flu is to be vaccinated against it.