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Changes to mask-wearing guidelines

Ottawa, April 25, 2024 - Following a reassessment of the risk levels surrounding respiratory infections, a review of practices at other hospitals, and recommendations from the hospital's Infection Control and Occupational Health and Safety departments, as well as the Ministry of Health, Montfort is making a change to its mask-wearing guidelines.

As of April 25, wearing mask is recommended, but no longer mandatory in all areas of Montfort and Carrefour santé Aline-Chrétien Health Hub.  

We will continue to make masks widely available and to encourage staff, patients and their families to wear them, as this practice is still relevant for preventing infections.

Patients who come to the hospital with symptoms of respiratory infection are asked to always wear a mask. Visitors are also reminded not to come to the hospital if they are feeling unwell or have symptoms. Of course, if you need treatment, don't hesitate to visit your nearest hospital.

As always, we will continue to monitor the situation and take appropriate measures accordingly. For example, wearing a mask may once again become mandatory, depending on the situation and the recommendations of infection control and occupational health and safety departments, as well as public health authorities.

Masks mandatory in certain situations 

In all areas of Montfort and satellite sites, staff will continue to wear a mask in certain situations, such as: 

  • When requested by a patient, relative or colleague.
  • When their risk assessment suggests they do so to protect themselves from splashes, or to protect a vulnerable patient.
  • When a droplet or contact/droplet precaution sign is in place at the entrance to a room or care area.
  • When an area is undergoing a COVID-19 outbreak, in such cases, masks are mandatory for all care, in rooms and corridors. 
  • When a staff member is self-isolating at work.