Tufts Medicine will shift from a mandatory to optional masking policy at all facilities across our health system effective Friday, May 12. This decision is aligned with our statewide clinical community and guidance issued by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Tufts Medicine has made changes to our policies and practices firmly based on science and the recommendations of our infectious disease experts. The safety and wellbeing of our patients, visitors and our staff remain our top priority.
Tufts Medicine will respect the decision of individuals who will feel more comfortable wearing a mask.
Data show that “one-way masking” is an effective way to help avoid contracting COVID-19. We also recognize that vaccines and natural immunity have lessened the severity of COVID-19 for many, and that transmission events within healthcare settings have been rare.
Tufts Medicine has demonstrated an exceptional level of care, compassion and respect throughout the pandemic, and we know that will continue as we move forward.
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