Masking is optional for patients and visitors

Monday, April 24, 2023

Content below reflects policy changes (staff masking) as of Monday, Oct. 23, 2023

On Monday April 24, CMH started a phased approach to transition from mandatory to optional masking. Similar to the beginning of the pandemic when masks were first mandated to higher risk areas, this phased approach is the reverse of that process.

Masking is now optional in the public and most staff-only areas of the hospital, like hallways, offices and staff break rooms. If patients and visitors choose to wear a mask, a surgical-grade mask can be found at any of the masks dispensers located at all entrances of the hospital. 

Universal masking remains mandatory for all staff, physicians, midwives and volunteers in all clinical areas.

EXCEPTIONS: Visitors and patients must wear a mask for the following:

  • Medical Day Clinic (i.e., cancer care)
  • Emergency Department
  • Clinical appointments where the patient or caregiver have with symptoms of respiratory illness
  • When visiting a patient under droplet, airborne or contact precautions.

Regarding the last point, visitors to patients that are in isolation will need to wear a mask and PPE as directed by staff. 

Like before the pandemic, visitors are asked not to come to hospital if they feel unwell.