Masking to continue for HPPH clinical services and sites

Huron Perth, ON – Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) announced on June 8 that the Class Order on masking in certain indoor settings will expire as of 12 a.m. on June 11, 2022.

Masks will no longer be required in:

  • public transit
  • health care settings (e.g., hospitals, doctors’ offices, clinics that provide health care services, laboratories, specimen collection centres, and home and community care)
  • congregate care settings that provide care and services to medically and socially vulnerable individuals
  • shelters.

While no longer required under the CMOH order, masks will still be mandatory in long-term care and retirement homes.  Masks are also recommended in acute care and congregate care/living settings.

Businesses and organizations may implement their own rules and policies related to masking within their settings. 

Masking at Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) sites

Mask use will continue in HPPH clinical services and HPPH public areas.  This includes, but is not limited to:

  • on-site and community COVID-19 vaccination clinics;
  • on-site and community non-COVID vaccination clinics (e.g. grade 7 and 10 immunizations)
  • sexual health clinics
  • oral health clinics
  • Healthy Babies, Healthy Children visits.

HPPH staff will be masked, and we ask everyone who attends to wear a mask. Masks will be available for use. Other layers of protection such as active screening for clients (asking clients if they are feeling well or have had any COVID exposures) remain in place. HPPH staff continue to be actively screened as well.

“Masks are one layer of protection in a multi-layer approach to preventing the spread of COVID-19,” says Dr. Miriam Klassen, Medical Officer of Health for Huron Perth. “I encourage people and businesses to remain mask-friendly. If you are at higher risk of severe illness, or interact with elderly or immune compromised individuals, please consider wearing a mask for greater protection.”

Reduce the risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19

While Huron Perth is past the sixth wave of COVID-19, the virus is still circulating.  Everyone can contribute to reducing the impact of COVID-19 in our communities by continuing to layer personal protective measures, including:

  • Keeping up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccinations (getting all recommended doses for which you are eligible);
  • Staying home when sick, even with mild symptoms, and keeping ill children out of childcare and school;
  • Wearing a well-fitted three-layer cloth mask or medical mask in indoor public settings;
  • Knowing your risk and whether you are eligible for early testing and treatment, and having a plan to access that testing and treatment;
  • Maintaining good ventilation in indoor spaces (for example by opening windows); and
  • Washing hands frequently.


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