Masking required for all caregivers in all settings

Last week, we announced updates to masking, break room and meeting space safety guidance. Since that time, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released an Emergency Temporary Standard on June 21, 2021, that we are required to follow.

While the new OSHA standard contains certain carve-outs for administrative spaces where individuals with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are not reasonably expected to be present, for the time being we are reverting back to requiring masking and social distancing for all caregivers in administrative spaces and breakrooms to allow us time to identify locations that fall within these carve-outs and develop site specific protocols.

Here are the details:

  • Masking: All caregivers — regardless of vaccination status — must continue to wear masks in all settings including clinical and administrative settings. This includes administrative offices (e.g., CCAC, BOC), hospital or outpatient entrances, lobbies, shared spaces, cafes, coffee shops, elevators and stairs. Universal Pandemic Precautions, including eye protection, continue to be in place for clinical areas. Vaccinated caregivers can remove their mask if alone in a private space or at their desk, so long as they are socially distanced from other caregivers and no patients or visitors are present.
  • Break rooms and meeting spaces: Shared spaces like break rooms and meeting spaces are open, but require distancing and masking. Capacity limits will be in place and caregivers need to mask in these shared spaces, unless actively eating or drinking.

Additional communications related to the new OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard will be shared in the coming days. Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we adhere to these new regulations.