Masks will still be required in some settings, HPPH clinics

Huron Perth, ON –As provincial masking requirements change Monday, March 21, HPPH advises residents that masks will continue to be required in some situations and settings, including HPPH clinics.

Ontario’s masking requirements are being lifted in most settings starting Monday, March 21; however, provincial requirements for face coverings remain for several situations and in several settings, including clinics that provide health care services.

“Provincial requirements for face coverings will remain in place for several settings, including HPPH clinics in the community,” says Dr. Miriam Klassen, Medical Officer of Health. “Also, some people will be required to wear masks for a limited amount of time if they have been exposed to a case of COVID-19 or if they have travelled internationally.”

“Finally, some people will choose to continue wearing masks due to their personal or loved ones’ risk factors.  For them, wearing masks reduces their risk of severe outcomes from COVID 19. Please remain patient and kind as businesses, organizations and individuals follow provincial direction where required, and make decisions on mask use.”

People who visit an HPPH vaccination clinic are required to wear a mask and will continue to be screened for COVID-19 when they arrive at an HPPH facility. Masks will be provided if needed.

The following settings will also remain under provincial face covering requirements until April 27:

  • public transit
  • long-term care, retirement homes
  • other health care settings, including clinics that provide health care services
  • shelters, jails and congregate care and living settings, including homes for individuals with developmental disabilities

After April 27 and ongoing, all health care settings will continue to assess the risk of COVID-19 transmission, their requirements to protect staff under occupational health and safety legislation,  and their duty to provide safe care. This means that health care settings may continue certain public health measures such as screening, masking and proof of vaccination among staff and visitors.

For more information on face covering requirements effective March 21, 2022, see Ontario Regulation 364/20. For more information on face covering requirements if you are a community or household contact of someone who has or may have COVID-19, visit Ontario.ca/exposed.