New Masking Guidelines Effective Sept 15

As a result of rigorous monitoring of our hospital and community indicators, effective September 15th, 2023, Arnprior Regional Health has decided to change masking requirements at the Hospital. This decision was made in alignment with regional hospitals, our local public health unit, and based on COVID-19 activity increasing in our community.

For all staff, patients, volunteers, and visitors

Masks are required: in all clinical areas, the Emergency Department, all clinics, all outpatient care areas, and all waiting rooms.

Masks are recommended but not required: in public areas outside of clinical areas, such as hallways, elevators, lounges, and the cafeteria.

This table provides clear guidance regarding new masking requirements at ARH and distinguishes in greater detail where masking remains mandatory and where it is optional.

Individuals who prefer to mask in any Hospital locations have the option to do so. Masks will be available at the entrance to all departments. Following best practice guidelines, once a mask has been removed it must be immediately discarded and not retained or reused.

Moving forward, ARH will continue to monitor indicators and make additional adjustments as required. For any questions or concerns please contact Infection Prevention and Control at Extension 343.