It had already been announced that the FFP2 mask would be made compulsory in the north of the country in nursing and care homes from Monday. In Brussels, this measure has been in force since Tuesday, while in Wallonia, it is under discussion.
But it is the entire policy concerning masks that has been revised: thus the fabric mask – washable and reusable – becomes prohibited both for staff and for visitors to nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes. psychiatric care and institutions for people with disabilities.
The Flemish “Care” taskforce also extends the obligation of FFP2 to the staff of day centers, convalescent homes, psychiatric care homes and in the sector of assistance to people with disabilities if people at risk are also there. supported, said Ms. Moykens. In the rest of the disability assistance sector and rehabilitation centers, FFP2 masks will be recommended. For general and home care, it is examined when and where a mask is needed.
For all Flemish healthcare establishments, staff members who have had a high-risk contact must wear an FFP2 mask during the ten days following this contact.