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Masks have been important during the pandemic. At this point in time, however, universal masking is no longer needed. This is due to many factors, including the availability of vaccines and treatments. 

Frequently Asked Questions

You should mask if you:

  • Have a fever or other flu-like symptoms 
  • Have a known COVID-19 infection and are in their isolation period 
  • Have a known exposure to COVID-19 within the last 10 days 

Yes. Masks will continue to be available at our facilities. If you choose to wear a mask, you must wear a Mass General Brigham-issued mask either by itself or over your home mask.

You may wear your own N95 respirator or mask. If you choose to do this, you must wear a facility-issued mask on top. By wearing one of our masks on top of your home mask, it helps us know that the mask you are wearing is clean and effective. We ask all patients who are wearing masks to do this because some patients are required to wear masks. When all patients wearing masks from home wear one of our masks on top of their home masks, it helps us know the masks are clean and effective. Thank you for understanding. 

We are committed to ensuring that patients can access medical care in a safe and appropriate manner. We always take appropriate precautions to protect all patients. Our policies are based on public health guidance and that of our infection control experts. At this time, based on this guidance, universal masking is no longer medically necessarily to protect patients from COVID-19. There are circumstances when masking is an appropriate medical intervention. In those circumstances, caregivers and/or patients will continue to mask, per our policies. Patients can ask, but providers determine when and if masking in a particular situation is clinically necessary.

We will always consider any requests for accommodations as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Any requests of this nature should be made to your provider.  


Updated November 22, 2023

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