Equipment Shortage Means Some B.C. Dental Offices May Not Reopen When Given the Go-Ahead

After being closed for more than two months, B.C. dental offices have been given the green light to reopen ofter the Victoria Day long weekend — but shortages of personal protective equipment could mean some will remain closed.

Dentists in B.C. have only been taking on patients needing urgent care since March 16, when Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced thousands of practitioners who attended an industry conference in Vancouver a week earlier would have to self-isolate due to a number of confirmed COVID-19 cases connected to the event.

Premier John Horgan announced last week that dental offices could reopen as of May 19, but B.C.’s dental college has yet to issue any guidelines to practitioners.

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