The Massachusetts Coalition for Health Equity has called for the reinstatement of universal mask mandates in hospitals and other healthcare facilities as a precautionary measure against COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses. The coalition, which was established during the pandemic to protect individuals who are particularly susceptible to COVID-19, is urging health systems to reinstate their masking policies in light of the upcoming holiday season.
The coalition held a virtual press conference on Monday to further emphasize their stance on the issue. In response to the easing of public health restrictions in May, many health systems lifted their mask mandates. However, with the rise of new variants of COVID-19 and the ongoing risk of respiratory illnesses during the holiday season, the coalition believes that reinstating mask mandates is necessary to ensure the safety of patients and staff.
The Boston Business Journal has also taken notice of the coalition’s efforts, highlighting the significance of this initiative. With cases continuing to rise across the country and concerns about vaccine efficacy persisting, it is clear that masks will play a crucial role in preventing further outbreaks and protecting vulnerable populations during this critical time.