On May 11th, the COVID-19 public health emergency will be ending along with many of the provisions that came with it. One in particular will be requiring a mask to be worn in healthcare settings. The state will no longer be enforcing this requirement, but institutions are free to choose if they will continue mask mandates in their facilities.
As family physicians, we understand the critical role that masks play in stopping the spread of COVID-19 and recognize the risk of serious infections have decreased thanks in part to the adoption of COVID-19 vaccines and boosters throughout the state. We also know that our waiting rooms can be filled simultaneously with an immunocompromised patient and one seeking care and treatment for active COVID.
Deciding to remove masks in the healthcare setting is complex and warrants thoughtful consideration. As members of the MassAFP, we support your efforts to speak out to your local legislators on how removing the mask mandate will impact your healthcare setting.
You can utilize the AAFP Grassroots Advocacy Resources to identify your local legislator and communicate your personal views on the mask mandate and other issues affecting your practice. You know your community best, and this is your opportunity to have your voice heard.