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Masks Still Recommended in Manitoba Doctors’ Offices

August 5, 2021 12:51 PM | News

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A 3M mask is shown in Mississauga, Ont., on Friday, April 3, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

WINNIPEG — The organization representing doctors in the province is encouraging the public to continue wearing a mask when attending a physician’s office or clinic.

Doctors Manitoba says when provincial health orders change on Saturday, doctors’ offices, like hospitals and other health-care facilities, are continuing to take several precautions to keep patients, visitors and staff protected from COVID-19, including the use of masks.

“Protecting the health and well-being of patients is a priority for physicians, and masks continue to have a benefit in medical settings given the current risk of COVID-19 transmission,” said Dr. Kristjan Thompson, president of Doctors Manitoba.

“Clinics, hospitals and other health facilities have to be a safe and welcoming environment, especially for patients that may be at increased risk from COVID-19.”

As of Saturday, mask use will be optional in indoor public places, but many individual businesses may override the loosened restrictions and implement their own mask policy.

Other safety measures in health-care facilities may vary by location, but will likely include:

  • Requiring patients and visitors to wear masks
  • Requiring patients and visitors to screen and report COVID-19 symptoms before entering
  • Providing safe physical distance between patients in common areas like waiting rooms
  • Continuing the use of personal protective equipment by physicians and staff
  • Offering virtual visits as an option for some medical issues