Here in Ontario, masks are no longer requires in most settings as of June 11, 2022. Following Ontario Public Health Guidelines and completion of a risk assessment, I am continuing to require that my clients wear a mask during an assessment, for a few reasons:
- We are spending a long time (up to 3 hours, sometimes more) in a small office with no windows (I am able to keep the door open at the moment, and have a HEPA filter, but it is a small space!)
- I do not know whom you or other clients/colleagues have at home that could be at high risk, and want to protect both you and your loved ones
- While I do leave some time between clients, I want to make sure the space and air is a clean as possible for each new client I see
- We see client at the clinic who are under the age of 5 who are not able to vaccinate and/or sometimes struggle to wear a mask due to neurodevelopmental disorders
I know this can be uncomfortable, and appreciate that it can be difficult to keep a mask on for a longer period of time. I am happy to take breaks so children can go outdoors for a few moments to get some air or have a snack. I will certainly update this policy if things change – thank you for your understanding, and please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.