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 during the holiday season. The group, established during the pandemic to protect individuals who are particularly susceptible to COVID-19, believes that masking policies should be reconsidered in light of rising cases.
In response to the easing of public health restrictions in May, many health systems lifted their mask mandates. However, with the upcoming holiday season just around the corner, the coalition is urging these facilities to reinstate their mask policies as a way to safeguard patients and staff. To further emphasize their stance, the group held a virtual press conference on Monday to address the issue.
The Massachusetts Coalition for Health Equity’s efforts to encourage the reintroduction of mask mandates in healthcare settings have garnered attention from various media outlets including Boston Business Journal, highlighting the significance of this initiative.