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Ronald McDonald House in British Columbia says it will help unvaccinated families find alternative lifestyles, after family receives letter

Ronald McDonald Houses in British Columbia and the Yukon are now making vaccinations mandatory for all families starting Jan. 31.

“Upon the recommendation of our local public health unit, the 14-member Board of Directors has made the decision to mandate vaccination for all individuals working, visiting or staying at RMH BC & Yukon,” reads a statement. Ronald McDonald House statement to the Star.

A vaccination mandate will be implemented for anyone visiting or staying at home from January 17, with a grace period until January 31.

It all started with a video uploaded. A resident of Ronald McDonald House in British Columbia said he received a letter addressed to tenants. The person recorded a confrontation with a member of staff at the house, demanding to know why the notice had been sent.

People quickly took to Twitter to ask why sick families and children were being “evicted” from Ronald McDonald Houses of Canada (RMHC).

“No family will ever be evicted from Ronald McDonald House BC & Yukon,” RMHC told The Star. “When residents request an exemption due to various circumstances, Ronald McDonald Houses of British Columbia and Yukon will review these cases on a case-by-case basis and a decision will be made. All applications will be approved for the waiver for child patients on treatment and therefore…unable to be vaccinated.

OMRM goes on to say that it works with each family to understand their individual needs and circumstances, and strives to find alternative housing for families in need.

“Anyone five years and older … working, staying or visiting our facilities must present proof of full vaccination (two doses),” Ronald McDonald House told The Star of the houses in British Columbia and the Yukon. “For example, some homes have the ability to allow isolation when needed.”

Each Canadian Ronald McDonald House has an independent vaccination policy in place in conjunction with advice from local public health units, the organization says.

At RMHC Toronto, there are 15 isolation apartments, with a separate entrance from the main house, allowing the arrival of new families regardless of their vaccination status with isolation upon entry in accordance with the public health guidelines of the Ontario, he said.

“The unique features and designs of each Ronald McDonald House also play a vital role in determining how best to meet the highest standards of health and safety for families, staff, volunteers and guests,” said said the organization.

RMHC Toronto will also make vaccinations mandatory for all staff, essential visitors, vendors and volunteers starting Jan. 17 to minimize the risk of COVID-19, he said.

“Given the vulnerable populations we serve, it is imperative that Ronald McDonald Houses take every precaution within our facilities to limit the spread of COVID-19 and its variants,” said Ronald McDonald Houses Canada.