The Massachusetts Coalition for Health Equity is calling 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 upcoming holiday season. Established during the pandemic to protect individuals who are particularly susceptible to COVID-19, the coalition has been advocating for this measure since its inception.
In response to the easing of public health restrictions in May, many health systems lifted their mask mandates. However, the coalition is urging these facilities to reconsider their masking policies in light of the upcoming holiday season. 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 publications, including the Boston Business Journal, which highlighted the significance of this initiative.